David Hilton is a professional bassist, music instructor, and performer. In 1991 David entered the prestigious Berklee College Of Music on a Berklee Achievement Scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude as a performance major. While attending Berklee he taught, tutored and performed in and around Boston at many venues including the Berklee Performance Center and the Afro American Arts Festival. He also played around the East Coast from Maine to New York. He later moved to Seattle, where he began to teach professionally and played all over the Northwest including major festivals, Bumbershoot, Folklife Festival, and other prominent venues throughout the region. He later moved back to his hometown of San Diego, where he taught for 10 years (focusing on bass, music theory, and jazz improv) as well as performing at local venues and festivals. David also was nominated for Best Jazz Album Of The Year for the San Diego Music Awards. In 2011 David made the move up to Los Angeles and created Bass Lessons Los Angeles. He has also performed/and or recorded with Danny Carey (Tool), Doug Webb (Freddie Hubbard, Brian Bromberg), Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny, Gary Burton), Joel Taylor (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale), Dela and Rymo of Slightly Stoopid, and Zane Carney (John Mayer). Earlier this year, David recorded and performed in Britain with great Jazz sax player/composer James Tartaglia.
I have taught bass professionally for 20 years, performed all over the US and in Europe, and am a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music. I teach all levels from beginning to advanced, and many styles including jazz, rock, funk, blues, latin, hip hop, pop, and folk. Some of my students have gone on to attend and graduate from music schools including Berklee, Cal Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, and Los Angeles College Of Music. Some have gone on to play professionally and some just for the fun of playing the music they love. I have taught students ranging from Juilliard-trained symphony players to Elvis Costello's bass player, and many in between. I also teach beginning to advanced Improv and music theory. Being a Berklee graduate, I use a lot of the Berklee teaching methods and techniques, which give the student an unlimited array of resources and learning materials. If you are a beginning bass student wanting to learn the fundamentals and basics of the bass, or an intermediate/advanced bassist looking to expand your horizons of jazz improv vocabulary and techniques, I can help you build a strong musical foundation. And with that, your musical possibilities are endless. I also specialize in audition prep for students who hope to attend college music programs and/or prestigious music colleges like Berklee, UCLA, Cal Arts, and many more. All my students test into the higher-level classes and ensembles, and many have received scholarships.