About this pro
Every time I play music with Dan, it's a great experience. He's very creative, and easy to play with. His playing is effortless. He can fit in with any group, and then blow your mind with expertly placed improvisation. I only wish I got to play with him more often.May 9, 2016
We are so very pleased with Mr. Brown. He's just an excellent teacher. My oldest daughter has shown an unbelievable improvement since she started taking bass lessons with him. My youngest son just started taking guitar lessons with him as well and even though he's not very talented, he is also making progress. I couldn't believe it, but now I believe it! I highly recommend Mr. Brown. He's very flexible, professional, and a great teacher. We can't wait to have out third kid for him.Feb 3, 2016
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?In Centreville: $60/hour, $50/45 minutes, $35/30 minutes In your home (additional $10): $70/hour, $50/45 minutes, $45/30 minutes
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?My lessons are guided by the goals of my students. This means that each student gets a unique lesson. That being said, common elements that I use include some sort of reading (notation, chord or lead sheets, tab, etc.), rhythm and groove, and harmonic and melodic knowledge (playing by ear, improvising, creating basslines, learning the fingerboard).
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have 15 years of experience in pit orchestras, honky tonks, blues and jazz clubs, outdoor music festivals, dive bars, chamber ensembles, jam sessions, and recording studios. It has given me a lot of "real world" experience so that my bass playing has become quite informed. I have also transcribed hundreds of basslines and solos for myself and others. All of these different experiences translate into a valuable tool for my teaching - being able to explain concepts many different ways. As for formal training, I have a B.M. in Studio and Jazz Music with an emphasis in String Bass Performance from the University of Tennessee where I got to study with Rusty Holloway and Jerry Coker (The C in the A,B,C's of jazz education). I also have an M.M. in Jazz Studies from George Mason University where I studied with President's Own bassist Glenn Dewey. I have studied privately with Michael Moore (Dave Brubeck), Joel DiBartollo (NBC Orchestra), and Donald Brown (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers). I have even gotten to perform with some pretty well-known players like Marcus Miller, Andy Wood (Rascal Flatts), Jeremy Wilson (Vienna Philharmonic), and Sean Jones (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), among others.