Arran McSporran

Bass Guitar tutor

Based in
Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Also teaches in farnham
Arran McSporran | Bass Guitar tutor

Rates: £40 per hour

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I am a, professional bass player and have been teaching privately since 2004. I studied at the prestigious Academy Of Contemporary Music in Guildford for two years.

I have a wealth of live experience, having toured nationally and internationally, playing gigs all around the UK as well as India, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Austria, Romania and Portugal. I also perform in many kinds of venues and situations; from quiet jazz to overblown metal and from small, intimate venues to international festival stages. I also have a large amount of studio experience, performing and co-producing CDs released internationally through Sony Records and Relapse.

I work with rock, metal and jazz bands playing and composing original music, as well as performing classic and modern songs at weddings and parties. On top of this, I also regularly play in the orchestras for musical theatre. This variety allows me to be performing a vast contrast of different styles of music and gives me a large amount of versatility, which I can draw upon to teach my students whatever they want to know.

Because I started playing in my mid-teens I can relate to a learning student, because I remember the process myself. I can teach all electric bass techniques including (and not limited to) finger plucking, playing with a pick, slapping, tapping, harmonics, 3, 4 and 5 finger plucking hand techniques, the use of extended range 5 and 6-string basses, fretless bass, alternate tunings and improvisation.

I also teach general music to students including theory, reading of sheet music and tab, ear training, transcribing, composition, chords, scales, harmonisation and many other interesting topics.

Rather than going through 'Grades' to learn, I teach in a way that is more individually suited to each student, focussing on the things they enjoy and the reasons that they want to play bass. For example, if you want to play musical theatre I will teach you to read sheet music and if you want to play original music in bands, I will teach you how to write the right part for the song and about stage performance. I like to teach my students songs that they have requested to learn, rather than 'stock' songs, which gives them more incentive to practice as it is a song they know and enjoy listening to.

Once the basics of technique are covered, lessons can be entirely what you want them to be.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered

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