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

Chase started playing music at the age of four, starting with drums and, shortly after that, picking up the guitar. Growing up in a musical household, he was exposed to many different types of music from an early age. In high school, Chase founded multiple bands and was captain of the drumline. Chase then ... attended the Atlanta Institute of Music. After graduating, he toured with numerous pop, rock, and country groups around North America and studio session work in Nashville and Atlanta. Chase is currently playing with the group Trotline. He resides in Auburn with his lovely wife Caitlin and their dog Luna. + Show More


Paul Gross

Bass/Guitar/Ukulele

about

Paul H. Gross Jr was born in a cave in the Alaskan Yukon in 1931. His father was an out-of-work pearl diver, and his mother was a former circus performer. Paul was born with a guitar in his hand, of which his mother constantly reminded him...wait, that's not true!

Paul was actually born in Port ... Washington, Wisconsin, in 1960. He was given his first guitar when he was eight and did absolutely nothing with it until his family moved from Atlanta to Milwaukee in 1973, and a friend saw the guitar and taught him some basic chords. The rest, as they say, is history. Paul spent many nights next to a record player trying to learn songs and play like Jimmy Page. He played in many bands, from metal to country, while continuing to try and improve his skills.

Moving to Auburn, AL. in 1994, Paul was asked to teach a few guitar lessons at the local music store when he first moved to town. Paul was the first instructor hired when Spicer's Music opened, and he has been inspiring students at Spicers Music ever since.

Paul continues to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele to students ranging from beginner to advanced five days a week. Paul specializes in classic rock and blues music, but he loves teaching the music that inspires his students and makes them want to play.
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Jamie Newsome

Bass/Double Bass/Ukulele

about

Jamie has been playing music for half of her life. As an eleven-year-old, she began studying classical string bass and quickly picked up the electric bass, playing in everything from orchestras to garage bands to jazz groups. Jamie also has experience playing brass instruments, as she played French horn in her high school ... marching band and with the Auburn University Marching Band.

She is currently working towards a degree in music from Auburn University, where she has studied jazz theory, classical string bass, musical composition, and piano.
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Tom Spicer

Double Bass/Mandolin/Harmonica/Ukulele/Dulcimer

about

At age four, Tom received his first musical instrument, a Ukulele to which he still has. At age seven, he got a set of Ricky Recardo drums and played trumpet in the school band starting at age 10. When in high school, he switched to valve trombone, baritone, and euphonium. While in college, Tom was exposed to harmonica ... and bought all the records he could find with a harmonica in the songs. Since harmonicas are in a specific key, Tom learned guitar to tell what chords were being played and what key harmonica was needed to play along.

He loves all styles of music and has played in folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, and contemporary music groups, his latest being a Jazz grass band for 30+ years. Besides the harmonica, Tom's main instruments are mandolin, ukulele, upright bass, autoharp, and the Appalachian lap dulcimer.

He loves inspiring students to learn their favorite songs while emphasizing technique, theory, and sound fundamentals.
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