I have been teaching both acoustic and electric bass for over 40 years.  My experience with designing the curriculum and creating video lessons for Workshop Live.com, gave me insight into applying a relaxed and focused approach to teaching. I particularly enjoy teaching beginning to intermediate students and am aware of various learning styles and adjust my teaching to the individual student.

Emphasizing a melodic or solo approach to the bass, I have found it to be successful in developing interest in practicing and developing in young people. The methods I use are: 

1. “ The Yorke Edition”, 

2. “ The Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass” (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) and,

3. “ The Vade Mecum" by George Vance,

4. The Bach Cello Suites”, either transposed for bass or in the original for the cello,

5.  The New Technique For The Contrabass”, (Volumes 1, 2 and 3) by François Rabbath,

6. “My Way Of Playing The Contrabass” by Ludwig Streicher and

7.  “8 Duets” by great Jazz bassist Harvie S., for students interested in studing Jazz bass.

8. Transcribed bass lines from older Rock songs for my electric bass students.

I live in Westchester county, around 50 miles north of New York City. I am happy to drive to the student’s house for the lessons and can also give Skype lessons.


© David Dunaway 2012