I teach Upright and Electric Bass. I received my B.A. in Jazz Performance from Moravian College in 2008, and I am currently in the Jazz Studies Masters Program at Temple University. I have toured extensively with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jessi Teich, The Frank Giasullo/Art Themen Quartet, and My Son Bison. As a teacher, I am able to teach any style while cultivating strong fundamentals.
An interview with Nicholas:
When did you begin playing bass, and why?
I began playing bass late in high school because a friend of mine had a band and needed a bass player. In retrospect, my motivation was to be cool. It wasn’t until college that I began to take music seriously.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
I want to continue to learn and grow as a musician, to play for as long as I can with as many great players as I can.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
The summer after my junior year in college I began to gig regularly with players that were considerably better than me. I remember going back to school in the fall and every one noticed a huge difference in my playing. I hadn’t noticed because the change had been gradual, but it soon became clear to me that learning on the bandstand goes a long way.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
A teacher once told me that “music is great fun, but it is also a great responsibility”. I also like the saying “the master has failed more times than the student has tried”.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
I had a pretty serious injury to my left hand that I had to overcome. It took about 5 years to get the strength and dexterity totally back. I had to relearn some things in order to adjust, and then relearn again, after I healed.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
My biggest musical achievement is just being a professional musician.
Favorite thing about teaching?
I find that teaching is reciprocal. While the teacher teaches to the student, so does the student to the teacher.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Take small steps and focus on the details. It is better to learn one thing very well, then it is to learn ten things poorly.
Personal music projects:
My Son Bison, Jessi Teich, Rob Henderson’s “H Factor”
Here’s Nicholas playing some upright bass in one of his recent projects: