learning the Double Bass
Bio: The double bass is the largest and lowest pitched instrument in the modern symphony orchestra. It stands around 180cm in height, and originates from around 1493.
The sound is produced by plucking the string, or using a bow which is drawn across the string.
Double Bass Lessons: We teach from 10 years and up
Double Bass Purchase price: From £240 to £1,000
Double Bass Rental price: From £17 per month
Double Bass in performance
Double Bass Professors
Jenni swiftly progressed through the ABRSM grades for violin with 8 distinctions and achieved the dipABRSM diploma, the Torbay Young Musician and the Director's Outstanding Award of the Torbay Schools Festival before moving to London to further her studies. She recently graduated from King's College London and also specialised in Advanced Performance Studies (violin) at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Joshua Fisher. In 2014, she achieved the Licentiate award of the Royal Schools of Music in violin (LRSM), with viola as a related instrument. She performs regularly with numerous orchestras and ensembles, at theatres and for recording sessions, and her orchestral work has taken her to international stages such as the Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Festival Hall, working with soloists and conductors such as Toby Purser, Ed Gardner, Tom Poster and Guy Johnston. Jenni also manages and performs with the Grazioso String Quartet. She has been passionate about instrumental teaching since her school days, where she prepared beginner piano and violin students for ABRSM exams. Since moving to London to study music she continues to teach violin, viola, double bass and piano privately to students of all ages and abilities ranging from beginner to grade 8 standard. Her students have been successful in ABRSM exams, played in competitions, workshops, festivals and on the BBC. She also teaches music theory in order that students may pass grade 5 theory when they reach the equivalent playing standard. Jenni recently presented a series of education in schools workshops on the violin/viola as part of different outreach initiatives to inspire young musicians, and has taken great pleasure in directing young string groups in festivals and concerts, encouraging their ensemble skills. Jenni is the founder and leader of an 11-piece string group for young musicians who won their category at the South West of England Music Festival. She has helped mentor violin sections of the National Orchestra For All, a children’s orchestra that promotes musical provision for young people no matter what their level of experience, whilst enhancing students’ confidence and performance skills. Jenni encourages students to develop their own musical judgement and listening skills whilst solidifying technique, score reading and interpretation skills across a variety of genres and styles. Recognising that each student is an individual and following a teaching programme that incorporates their interests, Jenni is able to relate practical work accordingly to, say, theory that students may have learnt in school, history of music, music in film, historical violin pedagogy, general performance skills or Alexander technique. Jenni is passionate about sharing her experience and love of violin-playing with students of all ages and abilities.
Chris is currently studying towards a master’s degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he is a thankful recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship. He has played bass for fifteen years and takes a strong interest in jazz, classical and popular music.
As a teacher he believes many of the facets of being a good bass player can be developed away from the instrument. This involves developing a student's intonation and aural awareness through ear training and singing, as well as developing their sense of time through metronome games and exercises.
He can currently be found playing double bass and electric bassin several groups across London focusing on traditional New Orleans jazz, bebop and contemporary jazz.
Born in Suffolk, Lewis Tingey began playing the bass at the age of fifteen.
He is a graduate from the Royal College of Music in London and studied Tony Hougham, the Principal Double Bass of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Since beginning his studies at the RCM, Lewis has performed in many prestigious venues across London, including the 02 Arena, the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St Paul's Cathedral. A keen session player, Lewis has played in recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, Angel Studios and Metropolis Studios, and is also in demand within the RCM, recording new works by its student composers. He has worked with many internationally renowned conductors and musicians such as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington, Edward Gardner, Nicola Benedetti, Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman and Milos Karadaglic. Lewis has also performed in masterclasses with distinguished bassists Joel Quarrinton, Enrico Fagone, Donovan Stokes and Gabriele Ragghianti.
Lewis recently premiered 'Leaving St Kilda' a piece composed for him by renowned bassist David Heyes. Leaving St Kilda depicts the last few days and the evacuation of the island St. Kilda in the 1930's after centuries of inhabitation.
Lewis is the Lower Strings Tutor for the Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Suffolk Young Strings, where he held the position of Principal Bass before he moved to London. He has toured extensively around Europe with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, performing in many venues across Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic. He is also a Double Bass Teacher.
Lewis is a budding conductor, having studied under Peter Stark and Natalia Luis-Bassa. He also partakes in participatory music education, which involves organising musical workshops for children and adults.
Lewis is a graduate in Music Composition and Technology (BSc(hons) from the University of Hertfordshire. He has been playing Bass Guitar for 9 years and performs regularly, most commonly with his Rock band, 'Taller Than Stories'. He has performed in and around London, in venues such as the Borderline, Islington, Camden Barfly and Ealing Jazz Festival.
Rock Music is his main area of playing, but he is also proficient in other genres and styles. As well as playing, he can teach pupils the tech side of music too, including the use of effects pedals, recording and mixing. As well as this, he can teach bass guitar music theory as they learn, helping them to improvise and understand how music works.
Lewis is thrilled to be on the team at the Arts Academy.
John-Henry graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
He is busy as a bass player in various different groups, freelancing with various London-based orchestras as well as playing in various smaller jazz and pop groups.
He has a particular interest in Opera, and recently premiered Errollyn Wallen's Yes! at the ROH2 (the contemporary arm of the Royal Opera House), in which he featured on double bass, electric bass and electric guitar.