Price per lesson
Book a Lesson with Ian Carter
I'm a bass and guitar instructor with 5 years of teaching experience spanning a variety of genres, experience levels, and ages.
I started guitar lessons at age 7 and upright bass lessons at age 9, and have been focusing on jazz bass (both electric and upright) for the past 6 years. I have experience in jazz groups, rock bands, orchestras, and practically every other sort of ensemble open to a bassist or guitarist. At Skidmore College, I play in 2 jazz ensembles, and on the weekends I play in clubs with my rock band, as well as subbing into several other groups.
I have loved taking lessons over the years but I have seen firsthand that many professional teachers are more musicians than teachers. In my experience the more effective teacher is the one that is patient, caters to your interests, and can empathize with your shortcomings, not the one that has been playing pro for decades and can't remember being a beginner. I haven't been playing or teaching for as long as many other teachers on this site, but I have plenty of expertise and I think my interpersonal skills more than make up the difference. If you're interested in getting some budget-friendly lessons please feel free to book a trial lesson.
Whether you want a serious crash course in music theory, or just want to learn how to strum your favorite songs, I can help. If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me a message! The student's interests come first, but I reccomend a practical and well -ounded curriculum. That means understanding the fretboard, getting comfortable reading chord charts or tabs online, learning major and minor scales, and getting a foundation of ear training so you can correct yourself as you go. For guitar students, chords come first before the rest of that list.
In addition to those cornerstones, I also stress proper technique, learning about the role of the instrument in different styles, tips on playing with other people, and countless other points that I've learned through years of lessons, practicing and real-world playing.