“I bought a Stagg electric upright bass about 8 months ago and immediately booked a series of lessons from Bas to ensure I learnt the correct playing technique from the start. Bas tailors his lessons to the individual requirements of the pupil and provides excellent guidance using a wide variety of learning material. Thanks to Bas I’ve made excellent progress and I’m continuing with the lessons to learn more. And he’s a really nice guy too.” – Vic
“Bas adopts an attentive coaching style, learning and providing stretch through playing pieces
that apply a new genre/technique/style rather than a dry theoretical approach.
His teaching is attentive, fosters sound technique and is tailored to the individual, rather than an overstructured ‘sheep dip’ method applied to all students. His encyclopaedic knowledge of musical repertoire, range of genres and artists means that you will be introduced to musical avenues you were unaware existed, so taking you in new directions, thereby encouraging versatility and avoiding your playing influences getting stuck in the same old patterns. Bas is self-effacing with an understated sense of humour, never blowing his own trumpet. So thankfully pupils don’t end up as captive audience to ‘when I played with ‘name drop, name drop’’ anecdotes. In summary, his teaching is a coaching style characterised by learning through playing pieces, encouraging versatility and sound technique.” – Julia
“If you are uncertain about your ultimate goal Bas will help define a set of objectives that are achievable even if you are limited by the amount of time you can practice. He has introduced the basics of upright bass from how to hold it, navigating the fingerboard, approaches to improve timekeeping and reading, then progressed to playing tunes covering Blues and Rhythm Changes progressions. He has a vast archive of printed resources ranging from warm up exercises to full transcriptions that will keep your practice regime varied. He also has a wealth of music history knowledge. Whether it is Jazz, Classical or Pop this always helps put what you are learning into context. Overall I think it has improved my musicianship and understanding greatly.” – Adam
“Bastien has always provided good quality lessons that are flexible around my timetable and learning needs. He’s pitched the lessons just right to motivate me to keep developing my skills and knowledge of jazz theory. Now that I’m in a group, I’m also getting very practical tips & advice on how to play with other musicians from Bastien’s wide experience as a regularly gigging musician.
I’d have no problem recommending him both as a teacher for theory and for practically improving your technique and playing skills.” – Damian