Patrick Pfeiffer is a professional bassist, composer, clinician, author and bass educator in New York City. His solo CDs Fruits and Nuts and Soul of the City earned stellar reviews from Bass Player Magazine and other professional publications.
Pfeiffer authored several classic bass books: the international best-selling Bass Guitar for Dummies and Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies (Wiley’s), Improve Your Groove: The Ultimate Guide For Bass (Hal Leonard), and Daily Grooves for Bass (Carl Fischer).
Pfeiffer’s former clients include Adam Clayton of U2, Red Ant Records, Polygram Records and Arista Records. He has played and/or recorded with George Clinton, Jimmy Norman, Phoebe Snow and many more. He is a frequent featured artist at Gerald Veasley’s “Bass Bootcamp” in Philadelphia.
"Between penning educational books, teaching workshops and focusing his efforts on furthering the bass community, Patrick Pfeiffer makes records. His powerful concept album pays homage to New York while merging an eclectic blend of jazz and world music and displaying Pfeiffer's absolute mastery of many styles. Pfeiffer's bass serves as the protagonist of an album that changes vibes on every track, the only obvious reoccurring property being his tastefulness and virtuosity." -- Jon D'Auria (Bass Player Magazine, January 2017)
Plain and simple, he gives me the exercises to help me get better. He is not my first bass teacher, but he is by far the best. He encourages me while giving me the tools to get better! He sends PDF's and video with the majority of his lessons.
Patrick taught me how to play bass and be a musician! I was new to the bass when I started with him. Since then I've played in bands and even had my own concert. Patrick is a truly dedicated and skilled teacher. He's always willing to go that extra mile to help you out. Not only is he a virtuoso bassist and all around great guy, he's pretty funny too!
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The typical process of these bass lessons would involve three main branches:
Technique - Making sure you can play anything you need to express on the bass without any physical restrictions.
Feel - Being able to express a bass line and making sure it moves you as well as your audience (and band members) in a way you envision.
Theory - Being able to communicate with other musicians about rhythm and harmony. Developing a good repertoire and competency in different genres and styles. Creating good grooves and songs.
Master of Music (Jazz Studies) - New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music (Jazz) - Arizona State University
International Bestselling Bass Book Author
Bass Workshop Leader
Bass Educator with over 35 years Experience
Private Lessons: $150 per Hour
Skype Lessons: $75 per Half-Hour
Bass Workshop: $75 per 90-Minute Session (Small Group)
Former Students Include:
Adam Clayton (U2)
Jean-Louis Locas (Cirque du Soleil)
Mark Wike (Bogmen)
Paul DeVincenzo (Elle King)
...and many more...
Look for someone who will listen to you and hear what you are trying to accomplish, what genres and styles you are interested in and what areas of your playing could use the most help. Everybody is different and everybody needs different exercises. A good teacher will know what you need and provide you with the tools to make you a better player.
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