David Lester Music
David Lester Music

David Lester Music

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Introduction: Hello! I have been teaching private lessons since 2006, and it's a true joy for me. I am a multi-faceted bassist in Frederick, MD, active in the Baltimore/Washington area, with over 15 years of experience playing in rock/pop, funk, and blues bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles. I also play the drums and guitar, am active as a composer and conductor, and have extensive training in music theory. I started teaching at 17 years old, when I was hired by the music store where I was taking lessons. I quickly fell in love with teaching. The best reward for me is when I’m able to help something “click” for a student, and something they had been struggling with suddenly makes sense and becomes easy. I enjoy teaching all age groups and skill levels, from total beginners to aspiring professionals. I'm proud to say that all of my students who have been college-bound have gotten accepted to the first school of their choice, including Berklee School of Music, The New School, Shenandoah Conservatory, USC School of Music, Belmont University, and University of Maryland School of Music. These students have gone on to have professional careers of their own. I teach to each student’s style of learning and thinking, and approach my job from a place of respect for the students. The most fundamental quality of my teaching style is my desire to make everything I teach relevant and personal for the students, so that they truly connect to what is being taught, rather than simply learning facts and assimilating information. Now, for my story! I grew up in a family of professional classical musicians. I started on the piano at a young age, but switched to the drums in the 5th grade when I discovered The Beatles. I started taking drum lessons, and was soon playing in bands with my friends. My drum teacher also played guitar and bass, and I was soon studying all three instruments with him. In high school, I felt more and more of an affinity with the bass, and that became my primary instrument. After listening to nothing but rock music for most of my teenage years, I fell in love with funk, jazz, and fusion in my junior year of high school. I started playing the upright bass out of an interest in jazz, but soon became a devoted student of classical bass, which was the focus of my formal education. Most recently, I completed one year of graduate study at Manhattan School of Music with Jeremy McCoy, assistant principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As an undergraduate, I studied with Jeff Weisner of the National Symphony Orchestra. I love music with all my heart, and there is little else more rewarding than imparting this joy and passion to students.

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Serves Baltimore, MD

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Brooke S.
Oct 10, 2021

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David and I have been working together for almost 8 months and I only have positive things to say. He is a wonderful bass instructor! We started my lessons soon after I bought my first bass guitar and since then I've improved significantly. I have learned numerous songs and the basics of playing an instrument (tabs, scales, rhythm, etc.). I always look forward to our lessons and leave them excited to continue playing and growing. David always comes prepared to our virtual sessions and has been able to choose songs that match my skill level but challenge me. I highly recommend David if you are looking to learn the bass guitar or improve your playing.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • Yes, the student can read music • Jazz • Folk • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Classical • Blues • No, but the student is planning to purchase an instrument • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Thanks Brooke! It's fun working with you. Glad you are enjoying lessons.
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Colin M.
Nov 5, 2021
David is professional, clear, and very knowledgeable about bass guitar. Gives good advice and makes good observations about technique even with the limitations of online lessons.
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Jay M.
Oct 12, 2021
I have known David Lester for 15 years, and have studied string bass with him over the last 8 years. He can train a student equally well with French bow or German bow, which is quite unusual. My German bow technique is improving with his guidance. There is never a harsh word from David. He is an accomplished bassist (both classical and jazz music). He observes the student closely and makes astute observations to improve the student's bass knowledge. In my 45 years of playing bass with more than a dozen teachers, David Lester is the absolute best.
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Greg M.
Oct 5, 2021
David has been a great bass teacher over the last few months. I’d never taken any kind of music lessons before David, just self teaching and casually playing. He’s worked with me to develop everything I’ve missed without lessons: solid hand technique, fundamentals, and how to identify notes. He’s patient and does a great job of giving exercises and songs that are the right level of difficulty. I definitely recommend David if you’re looking to improve your playing.
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Thanks Greg! Enjoying working with you.
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Tiffany B.
Oct 15, 2021
David is a talented musician and understands the theory of it all. He is able to communicate these concepts in easy to understand terms so that people like me who do not have the strongest theory background can understand. Not to mention, we have a lot fun along the way, which is a plus! I would highly recommend him!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer all my prospective students a free intro lesson. My fees are: $30 for a 1/2 hour lesson, $60 for an hour lesson. I recommend a half hour for beginners, and an hour for intermediate and advanced students.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    My first question to a new student is: what are YOU interested in? I have a standard curriculum that I teach to every student who just wants to explore their instrument, but my priority is to help each student accomplish their individual goals. What kind of music do you want to play? What techniques are you hoping to work on? If it's wide open, that's fine too! Ultimately, my job is to help you teach yourself.

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

    My formal education consists of a BA in Music History, and one year of graduate study in bass performance at Manhattan School of Music. Most of my musical training, though, has been informal, through private lessons, self-teaching, and "on-the-job" training at gigs and jam sessions. I started playing in public in high school, and have been going ever since.

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