William Schwarz – bass & Guitar Teacher

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Bass & Guitar

William Schwarz

He/Him/His

Jazz Performance, University of the Arts

Jazz, Rock, Funk, RnB

I teach bass and guitar. I have been playing the bass since my early teens and guitar in the last 5 or so years. The challenge of learning guitar as a bass player has been an interesting one! I went to the University of the Arts for jazz performance in electric bass. That’s where I really learned to love all sorts of music. I am proud to say I can teach many styles of music. From rock to funk, Jazz to salsa, and RnB to country. For me that’s what being a bass player and musician is all about. Getting thrown into any situation and being able to pull it off! What I strive for in teaching is just that. Situational awareness and success in those situations by using one’s ear, knowledge of theory, and the fretboard to get the best results! I don’t teach vocals but I do know how to sing and play bass/guitar so I love to help my students coordinate that skill! If you can sing it will open up so many doors! Music is all about confidence and versatility. My aim is to teach those concepts, theory, and help my students be the best musician that they can be!

When did you begin playing Instrument, and why?

I began playing bass at 13 years old. Since my brother played guitar already he suggested I play bass! I’ve never looked back!

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?

I play upright bass, guitar, sing, and some piano. My experience differs on each instrument. For upright bass I love the bow and classical style. Guitar is fairly new for me, but I’m really enjoying furthering my chops on it! I love to sing! I sing backing vocals in my band and love to sing and play at the same time. I love piano though my experience doesn’t go past the classroom. I’ve also been teaching myself clawhammer banjo!

What are your personal goals as a musician?

My personal goals as a musician is to always be learning and keep growing musically. I can always reach that goal since there is so much to learn!

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?

When I finally connected knowing what a key was with the major scale it really blew my mind. I spent hours learning songs and figuring out the key and chords!

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?

Some of the best advice I’ve gotten is to record yourself! Listening and watching yourself can reveal so much.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument

Learning how to solo over changes was quite challenging for me. Also learning how to play in 5/8 and other odd times. My most challenging moment currently is learning the geography of my upright bass. The challenge is never over!
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What is your biggest musical achievement?

My biggest musical achievement is realizing I love to teach more than anything else. It was very freeing to realize I didn’t really want to pursue being a hired gun.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?

Listen. Listen deeply to what is happening around you and to the sounds you produce.

Personal music projects:

My band the Chairman Dances has a new record coming out July 23rd 2021! I couldn’t be more excited for it. It is soulful and intricate alternative rock with story-driven lyrics.

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