Josh Willis – Banjo, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele Teachers

Multi-Instrumentalist specializing in Advanced Upright Bass
Banjo, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele
B.A in Music UNC Chapel Hill
M.ED from Temple University

When did you begin playing, and why?:
My mom put me in my church choir at age 4 because apparently, I was singing tunes before I could talk. I took to choir like a fish to water.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?:
Over time I picked up guitar, fiddle, banjo, upright and electric bass, piano and ukulele.  I’ve played these instruments my whole life and love each of them like a member of my family.  

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I strive to learn something new on an instrument every day and to write meaningful material that makes people feel good. 

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
The metronome is your best friend, but don’t hang out for too long.  

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
Every skill requires consistent effort over time.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
The upright bass is a monster; it is physically demanding, especially at high tempos and long jazz standards.   I spent 3 years just working to be able to play the instrument, let alone play it well, before I could perform professionally.

What is your biggest musical achievement?:
Writing and enjoying my own songs.

Favorite thing about teaching?:
I just love the process.  Music is magic to me and helping someone else understand how to play better, practice better, or listen better, or just make any music at all brings me so much joy.  

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Practicing a little every day is better than practicing a lot one day per week.  Be patient, you’ll get there.

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):