Steve Boniello

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Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, Audition Prep from Berklee Alumni, Audio Recording and Music Production, Jazz Upright Bass, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Rock Guitar, Apple Logic Pro, Guitar, Transcription, Improvisation, Music Direction, Audio Recording, Home Studio Setup, Music Theory for Producers, Apple GarageBand, General Mixing and Mastering
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An Alumni of Berklee College of Music with over 20 years experience playing live, recording, and studying music.

Steve currently offers lessons on Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar, Music Theory, Recording/Production with Logic Pro and More.

Bass Areas of Focus Include: Technique, Music Theory, Rhythm, Tone, Walking Bass, Harmony, Reading Music, Fretboard Knowledge, Using the Bow (Upright), Improvisation, Groove Playing, Soloing and more.

Bass Styles include Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Classical, Funk, Fusion, and more.

Guitar Areas of Focus Include: Technique, Music Theory, Strumming/Picking, Rhythm, Chords, Learning Tunes, Scales, Arpeggios, Fretboard Knowledge, Improvisation, and more.

Guitar Styles include Rock, Blues, Folk, Pop, Jazz, Reggae, and more.

Bass lessons consist of a combination of learning proper technique and fundamentals in order to build a solid foundation on the instrument. I like to keep a balance in areas such as technique, scales, chords and arpeggios, groove playing, improvising, reading and playing in a variety of styles and genres.  Timing and rhythm is essential for any great musician so I emphasize rhythm and help students build from there. My goal is to get students to become working players and to provide them with the tools needed to be well rounded and possess great overall musicianship.

My approach also consists of spiritual practices such as yoga, meditation, and dharma studies. Spiritual practice is the foundation that allows me to live creatively  and continue working on music. I'd like to thank my teacher Bhapuji Tisziji Muñoz for his ongoing support and guidance. It is one of the blessings of my life to work with a spiritual and musical master and I'm eternally grateful for his wisdom and guidance. Tisziji has led bands and has shared the stage with musical greats like McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Rashied Ali, John Medeski, Paul Shaffer, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Dave Liebman and many more. I am grateful to be a student of Tisziji's and am dedicated to spiritual practice as well as playing deep music. Love Always, HU

** For New Students: Please contact me prior to booking lessons and let me know about what you're looking to work on, improve in and any goals you may have with our lessons. 

**Cancelation policy. Please give 24 hours notice for all canceled lessons. If you have to cancel within 24 hours, the lesson will be used but can be made up or time can be added to future lessons. No shows to lessons will be dealt with on a case by case basis.**

Masters Degree in Jazz Performance (Starting Summer 2024) - North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music - Naropa University (Boulder, CO)

Alumni of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

Currently teaching and performing in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area.

Some Books Used, but not limited to:

Electric Bass
Reading in Bass Clef - Jim Stinnett
Scales and Arpeggio Practice - Jim Stinnett
Creating Jazz Basslines - Jim Stinnett
Bass Aerobics - Jon Liebman
Bass Fitness - Josquin Pres
Bob Marley Bass Collection
James Brown Rhythm Section book
Standing in the Shadows of Motown - James Jamerson book
Blues Bass - Ed Friedland
Modern Reading Text in 4/4 by Louis Bellson
Alfred's Basic Bass Method
Hal Leonard Bass Method

Upright Bass
Simandl - New Method for Double Bass
Strong Foundations - Jim Stinnett
Creating Jazz Basslines - Jim Stinnett
Reading in Bass Clef - Jim Stinnett
Upright Bass Primer

First Guitar Book - Jim Stinnett
The Progressive Guitarist Series - Don Latarski
Hal Leonard Guitar Book
Blues You Can Use - Jon Ganapes
Guitar Aerobics - Troy Nelson

In addition to books, I have many PDF's i've accumulated over the years of songs, transcriptions, charts, exercises and other materials that are provided for lessons when relevant.

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