"I have been taking lessons from Marek for a long time and every single lesson was superb. Marek makes learning the bass fun and I found it very helpful. He has loads of experience in both studio and live performing. He is an excellent player, enthusiastic about the bass and music in general. All I have learnt from him I found very useful everywhere I played. He always got back to me whenever I had needed a quick help about either instruments or gear! He has a great sense of humour and has lots of patience which is needed to have with me. It is truly wonderful to hear him play and really inspiring. I would recommend Marek to everyone. Either you only want to learn the basics or to become a top class player, he is the right person for you!"
- Mira Slama (Savage Mesiah) -
I am teaching privately in North Finchley, at your home or at North London Music Academy in Camden.
What will you learn?
Every bass lesson is suited to your individual needs. We’ll focus on your technique, tone, rhythm, phrasing, grooving, performance and everything else you’ll need to be happy with your bass playing. Here are the examples what you can learn about.
Right hand: fingers style (two, three-finger picking, pizzicato, palm muting, special techniques), slap (thumb, pop, double stroke, rock/metal style of slapping techniques, left-right hand coordination, percussive notes, Marcus Miller-Victor Wooten-Mark King-Flea-Fieldy-T.M.Stevens-Larry Graham styles), tapping (chord playing, two-three fingers style, left hand dexterity, John Myung-Billy Sheehan-Stu Hamm approaches)
Left hand: well-balanced position, hammer- on, pull-off, slide, vibrato, tremolo, focus on stamina, speed and dexterity
rhythm exercises, metronome work-outs, tone shaping, right “sexy” notes
all music styles – rock, pop, metal, hip-hop, jazz, afro-caribbean music, blues, funk, soul
Bass heroes studies:
Play and learn how they achieve their mastery on examples of John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Mark King, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, John Myung, Fieldy, Robert Trujillo, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Flea, Tim Commerford, Chris Wolstenholme, Les Claypool.
Scales and chords relationship, pentatonic studies, basic music sheet reading, soloing
Sound and maintenance:
amps/cabinets knowledge, using the right effects, set-up your instrument
How the first lesson look like?
You’ll bring your instrument and we’ll have a chat about your experience and goals you want to achieve. Then we start to play and I’ll try to find out what we should work on first. Sometimes it is technique, sometimes groove-rhythm exercises or music theory. I’ll check out your instrument and fix it to best playable condition so I’ll be sure that all weird notes accidentally coming from your playing are not sourced in bad technical state of your bass.
Where does lesson take place?
I am teaching in my home in North Finchley (nearest tube Woodside Park), at your home or in North London Music Academy facilities. All you need to bring is your instrument, USB flash drive and cable. In case you have transport difficulties or don’t have your own bass I can provide you one of mine (no additional fees).
Another option is to have lessons at your home. You need your instrument, small amp and cable.
If you prefer to have lessons in a more “academic” environment I am also teaching in North London Music Academy in Camden. Their facilities are very close to Camden Town tube station, there is 24/7 reception and fully equipped rooms.
How much does it cost?
Lesson one-on-one – 60 min./40 pounds
Lesson one-on-one at your home – 60 min./45 pounds
8 lessons/300 pounds (add 50 pounds for lessons at your home or in The Academy Camden)
Slap Bass Basic Techniques
Slap Bass Advanced Techniques
Classic Rock Bass
Hard Rock/Metal Bass
Funk/Hip Hop Bass
Classical Music Training (J.S.Bach, Mozart, etc.)
5-str. Bass Special Course
Odd Times Training
There are three available options regarding your experience level: beginner, intermediate or expert