Course Duration8 Weeks
Course LevelAll Level
B.M. from California State University Sacramento
M.M. from California State University Sacramento
Music Professor/Jazz Studies - University of the Pacific
Music Professor/Jazz Studies - California State University Stanislaus
Music Professor/Jazz Studies - California State University Sacramento
This course accommodates all levels and styles of music–––whether you are interested in Classical, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, Punk Rock, etc. Gerry will primarily concentrate on ways to improve one's technical ability.
Beginners can expect to learn the following:
Intermediate students can expect continuing work on scales and arpeggios, exploration of whatever styles they are interested in, improvisation, exploring Simandl Book II, Simandl 30 Etudes and expanding your repertoire in your preferred styles.
Advanced students can expect the advanced study of melodic and harmonic concepts (jazz, classical, rock etc.), expanding repertoire, advanced technical studies and Gerry will also watch and listen to you play and offer critique and advice on how to address whatever deficiencies are present.
About the Instructor: While Gerry Pineda is well known for his bass playing, he actually started his musical journey by playing the piano aged just nine years old. It wasn't until he discovered The Beatles a year later that he decided to switch to playing the guitar. Inspired by Paul McCartney and his catchy bass lines he then switched again to the electric bass guitar, which he played in various rock and jazz bands throughout high school.
At the age of 16, Gerry discovered the double bass, which sparked off a lifelong love affair with Jazz. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies as well as a Master of Music in Double Bass from California State University in Sacramento. He has also received two critic's choice awards, or "Sammies", for best bassist in Sacramento.
Gerry teaches from his private studio and at both California State University Sacramento and the University of the Pacific.
Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 student. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge her student's progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the student and his/her teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
You must have an instrument. Simanld Book I for beginners and Simandl Book II for intermediate students