I began to play electric bass in September, 1991, when I was in grade 10. I took lessons with Brian Sexton (B.Mus, M.Mus - classical guitar and composition, I believe) for 6 months, and he taught me volumes about good technique and basic music theory. After he had taught me as much as he felt he could on the bass he gave me a choice: to move into jazz theory, or work on chord theory. I bought a guitar and continued lessons on the latter subject for another 6 months. Following that, I was left on my own to learn by playing in church, listening to records, reading magazines and articles on the usenet, and talking to other players.
I bought my double bass and started formal lessons on it November 1993, with the principle bassist of the NSO, Frank Fusari. In January, 1994, I joined the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra as second chair bass. I haven't taken lessons since May of 1995 due to the high demands (on my time and money) of my studies in Engineering, but I try to at least maintain my skill by playing in the orchestra.
Last updated January 16, 1996
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