Rufus Philpot Bass Education

Rufus Philpot Bass Education

5.0 (5)
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

I have been a professional musican for 30 years and travelled to around 35 countries to perform music. My teaching has brought me to Russia UK Japan Australia and the US... I have given Masterclasses in all these countries.

Many teachers out there may offer low cost lessons, but as a student you should ask yourself are they qualified, and the best teacher for you... In many cases, I have taught a large number of the local Instructors, and I have also taught working pros both here and abroad who are now touring stadiums and are known on the international scene.

Secondly, I have also been featured numerous times in Bass Player magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine,, and  

In addition I have been and continue to be a Pro level endorser with some of the biggest and most innovative bass related companies around.

I also am a columnist for and regularly give Masterclasses/Bass Clinics at both Los Angeles College of Music and The Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA.

I am also part of the Pro Faculty at -and have given numerous seminars and also am the author of a number of featured courses including ones on Jazz Improvisation and technique development...

Past students have studied with me have included bassists for Jamiroquai George Michael Beth Orton Primal Scream and even a current member of The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra!

If you are serious about studying and wish to really boost your playing to a serious level, then why not try a trial lesson and see how I can give you some definite steps toward that goal. 

It is enormously fulfilling  helping students and spreading GOOD informative teaching across the world -that really is a pretty amazing thing to do...And I love seeing students improve over rthe course of studying with me.

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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5 Reviews


  • David Moore

    Thoroughly knowledgeable, clear, and engaging at all times. A world class player who is also a world class teacher is hard to find. Rufus has it all!

  • Maurice Verloop

    Performance, education and innovation are all presented at its highest level when listening and watching Rufus. His Masterclass events at the college are quite popular with the students, as well as impressive to guests that visit our school. Rufus returns each year at least once, if not twice, and effectively demonstrates where bass can advance to and delivers his instruction and ideas in a very digestible, efficient way. As Chair of the Bass Program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood CA, I have the fortune of complimenting our student's musical and academic experience with additional clinics and Master Classes. Rufus is always included in those plans.

  • Dr Rick Abraham (Australia)

    Rufus is the Rolls Royce of bass educators. He possesses an endless abundance of enthusiasm and musical ideals. Brilliant communicator and very engaging. I’ve had lessons with him, multiple times per week for 3 years and each and every one has been a challenge, whether it be technical work, a new performance piece or simply diving into musical territory I am not familiar with. Rufus is incredibly reliable and unlike other bassists I’ve had lessons with he is very attentive for each minute of the lesson and threads lessons seamlessly in a manner that cleverly builds towards a clear long term musical goal with you. I can’t recommend him enough.

  • Stefano Ongarello

    Rufus is a great teacher with a huge music background that allows him to tailor his lessons to the specific (musical and technical) needs of the students. He understands what students can benefit from, and offers challenging and interesting material that will allow students to grow musically. Studying with Rufus will definitely widen your musical interests and knowledge.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A thorough examination of the students goals, technique, knowledge of the instrument and interests musically is examined in the first lesson. I build individual curriculum for each student but always like to help students develop good technique and knowledge of the fingerboard to help them in any musical situation.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a First Class Bachelor's Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance, and also a Post Graduate Master's Level Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music London, UK.  

I have taught at The Bass Collective NYC 2001-2004 ( whilst John Patitucci was Bass Dept. Chair,)  and fellow tutors included Matt Garrison, Lincoln Goines and Mike Pope...

I am a regular Masterclass Clinician at M.I. Hollywood and Los Angeles Academy of Music, Pasadena.

 I have also given Masterclasses in Sweden & Australia with Virgil Donati, Russia with Chieli Minucci and in the UK at The  Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and The Royal Acadmy of Music, London.

I have also perfromed in over 30 countries and recorded or performed  with  artists such as: Allan Holdworth Virgil Donati Randy Brecker Planet X Al Di Meola Thomas Lang Marvin Smitty Smith and Scott Henderson...

 In terms of musical styles, I have -and continue to play with groups in the jaz, acid jazz, rock, world music categories-so I cover a wide rangew of playing styles... I have also toured extensively and even worked on Broadway shows and as Musical Director for pop and rock artists too..

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge for three different lesson durations: 40, 50 and 60 min. 

Many students-even local ones often choose to study with me   via Skype

 However- I will, with prior arrangement, teach students in person from my location in Downtown Los Angeles...This can be discussed with the student individually. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching seriously in the late 90's in the UK. Students there went on to play with Jamiroquai, George Michael, Beth Orton and Primal Scream.

Then when in NYC, I became one of the youngest Faculty members at The bass Collective in Manhattan.

What types of students have you worked with?

ALL Levels.

Past students include member sof Jamiroquai, Beth Orton and Primal Scream and countless working profesional bassists..

Syudents have gonew on to tour professionally with major pop and rock artists, perform in Broadway shows and also in jazz ensembles worldwide.

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