Low-C Bass Studio

Evergreen, CO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Like many other music teachers, I am mult-instrumental (bass, guitar, accordion, piano, mandolin) but I *only* give lessons on bass because this is my expertise and passion. I teach fretted/fretless electric basses, and upright bass. Classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock, funk styles, music theory, and conducting. Also can give master classes and clinics, and can conduct an orchestra. I also do a fair amount of freelance gig work. You can do a lot on bass without learning to read music. I believe the key to success on any instrument is three pronged parallel attack: 1) Accumulate knowledge of the note names on your instrument. 2) You must be willing do some ear training so as to understand the sound of scales, chords and arpeggios, and ultimately match pitch with your voice. In addition to reproducing pitch, you must be willing to be moved by rhythm and think like a drummer. These are the core "substances" of music. 3) Armed with the sound of music, you relate these sound patterns to the corresponding finger patterns on your bass, thus building a vocabulary of finger patterns. Lastly, I don't carry arrogance about myself as a musician; I make mistakes; I don't know everything; but together, you and I are on a joyful journey of discovery with the bass.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing "light bulbs" go on for my students. Rather than repeating the same thing over again with you, I won't sleep until I find ways to make frequent break throughs with my students.
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Location

Evergreen, CO 80439

Years in business

17

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Skylar S. Jul 18, 2017
    Bass Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Mark has done a great job at listening to my needs and is a great instructor. Highly recommend.
  • Eric G. Jun 6, 2017
    Double Bass Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I have been studying the bass with Mark for several months now, and I have seen huge improvements in many facets of my playing. I enjoy working with Mark because I feel he is genuinely excited about teaching, delivering intriguing lessons that stretch the limits of my abilities and open new doors, all while focusing around my personal goals. That energy and excitement makes learning fun and motivates me to push myself further. His teachings have opened up my whole understanding of the instrument- from technique and theory to feel and musicality. If you want to learn bass, learn from Mark at Low-C Bass Studio!
  • Megan P. May 24, 2017
    Band Entertainment
    Verified Review
    We hired Blue Moon, Blue Grass for my husband's 30th birthday and they were a huge hit! Everyone loved the variety and the band did a great job! The members were very friendly and on-time and contributed a lot to making the event a success!
  • Angela M. Jan 31, 2016
    Double Bass Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Mark is extremely patient, and constantly adapts to meet the needs of his student.
  • Susan J. Oct 14, 2015
    Double Bass Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Cat B. Sep 30, 2015
    Double Bass Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Our daughter has only had three lessons and is already playing songs. She loves the bass and Mark is a great teacher. It makes it fun for her and I can see her enthusiasm in practice time.
  • Wes M. May 28, 2015
    Double Bass Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Mark E. Feb 20, 2014
    Bass Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Mark had the patience, talent and instructional ability to tackle a significant project with our 15 year old son. He was a pleasure to work with, was highly engaged and attentive and accomplished some pretty amazing results in only 2 months. Highly recommend!
  • Mira M. Dec 19, 2012
    Mark has been fabulous working with my son. He is patient and always points out what he is doing well. We have only been with Mark a few months and I can hear my son when he is playing with the orchestra.
  • Joey P. Dec 11, 2012
    Mark has been an incredible teacher. Every lesson, I learn something new and I feel more experienced. In addition to Mark being an icredible teacher, providing me with the tools and information I need, he is also really fun and easy to work with and provides special oppurtunities only for his students like annual student recitals. I really enjoy his lessons and working with him.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
See my rates on my Lessons page. Rates vary by location.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I offer a free 30-minute introductory lesson to see if we're compatible.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
B.M. double bass performance, 2011, summa cum laude, MSU Denver.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My first student came to me back in the 80's, to whom I gave lessons at very low rates. In 2011, I graduated from music school and realized that I loved teaching, and my students progressed rapidly. I decided to build a teaching studio, set a competitive rate, and take on a limited number of students (no more than 15-17 students).
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with all bass students, ages elementary thru senior citizens, beginners and advanced.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a teacher with both scholastic cred and with practical experience. Be aware that often times the best players are not always great teachers. Look for a teacher that is passionate about teaching the instrument to you, rather than one cranking out dozens of students every night at the corner music store (quality v.s. quantity).
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Having musical goals for taking bass lessons with me are always good, but many times the student is not sure what their goals ought to be, so I can help get you on a path that works best for you.