Beyond Bass & Music Theory Lessons
Beyond Bass & Music Theory Lessons

Beyond Bass & Music Theory Lessons

Offers remote services
Discounts available
Offers remote services
Discounts available
$55/hour
estimated cost


Zip code
Interested musical styles

It’s free, with no obligation to book

Introduction: It's a fact that the majority of the "bass teachers" you'll see are really guitarists who are trying to earn a little extra money by teaching bass. When you do happen to find a real bassist who is offering lessons, too often you'll find that this person is not actively involved in their local music scene. They rarely, if ever perform live shows, and they have no experience in a recording studio. Pre-Covid I was playing an average of 180 live shows per year with Crack The Sky - a progressive rock band signed to Carry On Music (and recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine); Several Species Pink Floyd Tribute; Petty Coat Junction (Tom Petty Tribute) and the Dave DeMarco Band in addition to lots of last-minute fill-ins. I've played on countless studio sessions for big names like HBO and ESPN and I appear on over 45 CDs with some of the most most respected names in contemporary music. If you want to learn bass guitar, who better to study with than someone who is involved with every crucial aspect of music-making on a daily basis? The satisfaction of seeing a student reach their goals is a continuing highlight of my career which never gets old. It doesn't matter whether the student has modest goals like being able to play along with their favorite songs or whether they have professional goals in their sights. Whenever I get to see one of my students performing live, I feel like a proud parent! It's also pretty cool when I get an email from a former student and they tell me about something great that they're doing with their musical career. I may not ever have a wing at a hospital named after me, but things like this make me feel just as proud.
Overview

Hired 26 times

Serves Laurel, MD

Background checked

1 employee

26 years in business

Payment methods

Cash, Check, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo

Social media

Facebook, Instagram

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects

12 photos

Specialties
Interested musical styles

, , , , ,

Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and value.

Excellent 4.9

19 reviews

5
95%
4
5%
3
0%
2
0%
1
0%

Read reviews that mention:


pro avatar
Susan Y.
Jul 23, 2017
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

I actually got my lesson with Dave from another source. He is a fantastic teacher. His goal is to fulfill your needs. First meeting was to create a plan an direction. Highly recommend Dave!
Bass Guitar Lessons (for adults)
pro avatar
Cameron D.
Jan 2, 2015
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Dave has been helpful, patient, and invested in my progress. I appreciate his flexibility in regards to both Skype and in-person lessons. If you do your part and practice often there is no question that Dave will help you get where you want to be!
Beyond Bass & Music Theory Lessons's reply
While many of my students are hobbyists who are looking to add to their toolboxes, Cameron made it clear from the onset that he intends to be a professional working bassist. If current progress is any indication of future results, I'd say he's on his way! Thanks, Cameron!
Bass Guitar Lessons
pro avatar
Daniel C.
Mar 7, 2015
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Dave is a very patient and understanding basses. He takes his time in explaining every detail that will hopefully transfer into being a bass player. Thanks thumbtack for a good find.
Bass Guitar Lessons
pro avatar
Richard I.
Apr 1, 2015
As former student of Dave's, I can vouch for his quality as a bass guitar instructor. I went from barely knowing the strings to playing songs(the bass part at least) in only after a year of working with Dave. He is extremely knowledgeable and flexible as a teacher. He caters the lesson to what you want to learn. He is even willing to teach remotely via Skype if necessary which goes a long way in traffic choked Maryland.
pro avatar
Leah F.
Oct 16, 2014
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Dave is really an exceptional teacher. He marries his incredible talent with a calm demeanor and patient style making it easy for any level of student to learn. In addition to being great at meeting you where you are on a skill level, Dave is flexible and creative in his approach to his classes. Wonderful experience.
Bass Guitar Lessons
Credentials
Background Check

Dave Demarco

FAQs

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

    If the student is a beginner I will outline the process of learning to become a bassist. This includes the fundamentals like instrument familiarity, the role of bass in music and learning how to practice. For intermediate students I'll let them tell me specifically where they feel they need improvement and then I'll do a skill set assessment to make sure that no crucial areas are overlooked. Advanced students typically want to work on a few very specific areas so I'll still do a brief assessment and then we dig right in!

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

    I began private lessons at age 10 and then enrolled at the Peabody Institute where I took a full day of music classes on Saturdays during my high school years. Upon graduation I moved to Boston and studied at Berklee College of Music. Every day I use something I learned during my formal education. Peabody and Berklee have somewhat different approaches to music education so I have distilled what I feel are the best aspects of both schools into my teaching practice. In the interest of continuing education, I attend music business seminars both in person and online and keep abreast of new and emerging technologies pertaining to recording.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I didn't choose music. Music chose me. At the age of five I announced to the world (my family) that I was going to be a musician. And here we are!

Not what you’re looking for?

No problem: we have pros for every job.