Gerard van den Berg Bass Lessons in Utrecht

Double Bass Lessons Utrecht

Welcome to my profile! My name is Gerard van den Berg. Taking bass lessons for the first time in your life? Or more familiar with the bass and looking for ways to develop your technical skills and musicality? I'm an experienced bassist (jazz and classical music) and motivating bass teacher in Utrecht. I offer bass lessons to beginners and advanced.

Trial Bass Lesson

It starts with a trial lesson and your story matters. What do you want to learn, how much time do you have for that? What are your expectations? The trial lesson then forms the basis for an initial plan of action, in which your wishes and favourite type of music are paramount.

Leave Your Bass At Home!

There is always an extra bass available in my studio. You don't have to bring one yourself

What can you expect?

There are numerous topics to cover during the lessons. Technique and timing may vary per style. Standing or sitting? We will work on bowing technique, a solid sound, plucking/ pizzicato, strong and flexible left hand, intonation, reading notes, improvisation skills, music theory, timing, walking bass lines, scales, Real Book, orchestral parts and music theory. The most important thing in all of this is that you develop a good posture and a good technique, so that you can continue to make music without complaints in the long term.

Styles

Listening to your favourite music, jazz, songwriter, classical, latin, folk or world music, is a great way to expand your knowledge and ideas. It is a wonderful way to follow both the development of the double bass and of music over time.

Switching to upright?

Switching from bass guitar to double bass is certainly doable! A fun experience that you won't regret. You can play both instruments side by side and give your band various colours and possibilities.

Inspiration

The double bass (upright bass) plays an essential role in many styles of music. I'm curious who your bass heroes are and who inspire you! Listening to great jazz bassists such as Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford, Marc Johnson, Adam Ben Ezra or Christan McBride is educational and great! Or watch and listen to Renaud Garcia Fons, who is a star in jazz and classical music as well as a virtuoso in world music. Discover, for example, Dominik Wagner, a new classical bass phenomenon. It's nice to find your own way in this.

Location

My studio in Utrecht is easily accessible for students from de Bilt, Nieuwegein, Zeist, Bunnik, Amersfoort, Bussum, Laren and Hilversum. Depending on your location in Utrecht, I can also give lessons at your home. Tuesday afternoon and evening I give bass lessons in Nunspeet.

About Me

I studied double bass at the Utrecht Conservatory from 2002 to 2007. I perform regularly in groups and ensembles that master different styles, such as jazz, classical, soul, Latin, and various types of folk music such as Spanish and Balkan music. I would like to share my experience and passion for this music with you!

Located in

  • Utrecht

Lesson location

  • Utrecht
  • At teacher's location

Teaches

  • Adults

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Spanish

Follow Your Passion!

Music lifts you up, enlightens your mood and gives positive energy. Our music lessons cater to all styles, levels and ages and are entirely focussed around helping you achieve your musical goals in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. Book your trial lesson today!

"This will be our reply to violence: to make more music intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before'' 

(Leonard Bernstein - composer, conductor, pianist)