bass lessons

"The bass is the link between harmony and rhythm. It is the foundation of a band."
-Victor Wooten


the foundation to every song

Bass is commonly referred to as the “foundation instrument to every song”. Not only do drummers listen to the bass to play the perfect “groove”, but the bass leads vocalists to sing the correct pitches. The bass is an important instrument in every band and requires extensive knowledge of music theory, technique, and rhythm. At Spicer’s Music, we teach both bass guitar and double bass (upright bass).

lessons specific to your goals

Whether you are learning bass to jam with friends, play in a band, play in church, or audition for an orchestra, our professional bass instructors will tailor the lessons to achieve your specific goals. We can get you rocking on a 4 string, 5 string, or 6 string bass, as well as classically bowed or bluegrass plucked double bass!

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meet your instructor!

Chase Allen

Bass/Guitar/Ukulele

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
My passion for music comes from the genuine feeling of excitement that goes along with performing and listening in general. Music is an incredible outlet for creative expression and I want to share that with my students and allow for them to see the joy that comes along with it.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I make a point of teaching the fundamentals (scales, rudiments, etc.) through a relatable way, so learning isn't taking away from why the student wanted to pick up the instrument in the first place. So, if the student wants to learn a song, we can break down that piece and learn from it.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Fun, exciting, and full of smiles.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music in 2012 with honors. I also play professionally around the southeast with the band Trotline.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I am an avid motorcycle enthusiast, a listener of all types of music and an animal lover.


Daniel Brooks

Bass/Guitar

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
I enjoy teaching the craft of playing and understanding bass, from techniques, to theory. I feel that it is important to not only know how to play, but the why’s behind it.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I strive to treat each student as an individual. Tailoring lessons to maintain engagement and progression.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Very laid back and supportive. I strive to adapt my environment to the needs of each student.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I enjoy Auburn and Troy athletics, especially football!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy spending time on stage with some of my best friends in the world making music.


Paul Gross

Bass/Guitar/Ukulele

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
To show students the awesomeness of guitar and to see the look on their faces when they learn their first song.

Everyone needs that "3rd thing" in their life: Work, home, ____.

I like to show people that music is the best 3rd.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I'm bigger and balder! I can teach most styles of guitar, I can play a million songs and at night I dress up like a bat and fight crime.
I also love blues and classic rock.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
1.Fun 2.Fun 3.Funner
As long as the student follows Paul's Rules: 1. Paul is always right! 2. If paul is wrong, refer to rule #1.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I love reading novels and long walks on the beach.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
My wife and family.
Playing guitar-always learning.


Jamie Newsome

Bass/Double Bass/Piano/Keyboard/Ukulele

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
Music has been one of my greatest joys for the past 10 years and I am just thrilled to introduce new people into such a rewarding hobby!

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I have experience in a wide range of musical settings from orchestra to jazz to marching band to rock cover bands. I also am well versed in theory and believe in the importance of integrating it into all lessons. Lastly, I have oodles of audition experience and have lots of fool-proof ways to prepare and calm nerves!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Welcoming, encouraging, and fun! I want to help y’all learn and do whatever it is y’all want to learn and do.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I was a vegetarian for 9 years because every one told me I couldn’t do it and I wanted to prove them wrong... some call it hard headed I call it tenacious!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I am very passionate about bettering our environment! I am a double major at Auburn University in Ecological Engineering and Music. I hope to one day work to restore our nation’s lush ecosystems, specifically on the coasts!


Tom Spicer

Double Bass/Mandolin/Harmonica/Ukulele/Dulcimer

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
I have worked with youth for over 40 years as a teacher, a mentor, a prevention specialist, and a counselor. It brings me such pleasure to see my students grow in their knowledge and love of music. There are so many benefits of playing music like working toward goals, building self confidence and improving social, math and reading skills. Music is a lifelong love of mine and I am so lucky to get to share that love with others.

How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I believe that music education happens best in a relaxed, personal environment. I incorporate the type of music and songs that the student enjoys, which makes lessons more fun and productive supposed to be made.

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What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I spent a semester in Guatemala while I was in graduate school, and loved travelling around central America. The people were wonderful, the history was fascinating, and the food was amazing.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy travelling with my wife and family, working with wood, rebuilding old cars and trucks, and listening to live music.


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