Al has been teaching for 17 years, holds a current CRB Certificate and is a member of the Incorporated Society Of Musicians.
He obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Music from Colchester Institute in 1993 and subsequently a PCGE in Secondary Music from Bretton Hall in 1994.
Since then Al has taught both privately (1994- ) and also for
Devon Youth Music (1994-2004), Devon County Council (2004-2009), Exeter College (2007- ) & South West Music School (2008- ).
Although now focused as an electric and upright bass specialist, particularly in jazz & popular music styles, Al also previously trained as a classical pianist and french horn player (both to grade 8 standard) as well as being a self-taught amateur rock guitarist!
Al's approach to teaching is very much focused on enabling the student to think and learn for themselves. Developing core skills such as sight-reading, chord & scale knowledge, improvisation & rhythmic awareness is essential for any serious musician and features heavily in lessons. By combining a general understanding of music theory with a wide range of repertoire in a variety of styles any motivated student can achieve excellent results.
Tuition for instrumental exams is available when requested but not considered essential although Al has a 100% pass rate for students that have chosen to take exams.
If you would like to enquire about lessons then please fill in the contact form and Al will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.