BASS LESSONS

At WIMA, our teachers know how attached students can get to their own musical style. That’s why, based on the strength of their experience teaching music, they share their passion while adapting the bass guitar lessons to let each student express their own musicality, whether they are beginners or advanced.

Equipment:

All WIMA studios are outfitted with the equipment necessary for learning and practicing guitar. You just have to bring your bass, your sheet music, and your enthusiasm!

Style:

During the lessons, we teach the fundamental basics of music while respecting each student’s musical style. All students are strongly encouraged to have their teachers listen to their favourite pieces, and they can choose the musical style they would like to focus on. Our teaching methods, which rely on good communication, allow the students to build a solid foundation for learning music. Once the fundamentals have been acquired, students can tackle more advanced techniques such as writing or improvisation.

Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

Chloe has been in a constant musical environment ever since the age of 6. Chloe has performed classical music in choirs and orchestras her entire life. While she started her musical education in Classical Piano, she eventually made the switch to Electric Bass in her teenage years. She puts a lot of emphasis on Ear Training and Rhythmic Precision in her lessons. She is proficient in Jazz/Latin, Classical, Motown/R&B, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and Pop. She takes inspiration from the music of James Jamerson, Anderson .Paak, Esperanza Spalding, Roger Waters, Queen, David Bowie and Tchaikovsky. Chloé is currently finishing up her degree in Bass Guitar specializing in Jazz Performance at Vanier College.

Chloe teaches on Mondays and Sundays

Daniel is a Brazilian guitarist, bassist, singer, producer and sound track composer now based in Montreal. His musical path started in 1992 playing Tenor Saxophone, later at the age of 15 he decided to experiment with different instruments such as Electric Guitar, Drums and Bass and from that moment on his passion for music has only grown.

He grew up in a very musical home and being exposed to a large variety of styles was the key to develop a number of influences that can be heard in his playing. Musicians and bands like Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, B.B.King, ACDC, Tom Jobim, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrel, Jamiroquai, Al Green and Marvin Gaye are some of his biggest heroes.

Daniel studied with private teachers in São Paulo, Brazil and in 2002 he started his Bachelor’s Degree in a brazilian music university, now he’s pursuing a Jazz Studies degree at Concordia University.

Some of his projects range from a Jimi Hendrix Tribute, Midnight Funkers and a jazz trio called Living Room that play all around different venues, weddings and corporate events in São Paulo.

Daniel’s approach to teaching is based on understanding and not memorizing, ear training development and a constant effort to pass along to his students some of his passion for music.

Daniel teaches on Saturdays.

Devan started taking lessons on Guitar and Bass at Wima at the age of 14. He spent the next 3 years studying bands like Green Day, Rush, and Muse. After finishing High School, Devan was accepted into Vanier College for Jazz Performance on Electric Bass. That same year he won the scholarship for the best Bass audition.

Besides Devan’s study of music in school he is involved in many of his own original bands. He currently plays bass in three local Montreal bands: The Record Breakers, Lost Lighthouse and The Chris George Project. The Record Breakers have released two albums, recently opened for Bon Jovi at The Bell Centre, and toured across Eastern Canada. Lost Lighthouse has 1 EP available and have been performing shows across Montreal for the last 2 years. The Chris George Project has 1 album recorded, that will be released soon, and have played many shows across Montreal.

Through Devan’s diversified musical career he has learned how to play many different styles of music, such as rock, blues, country, pop, funk and jazz. His goal is to be able to share his passion for music with others so they can experience all the great benefits music has to offer.

Devan teaches on Sundays.

Côte Saint-Luc

 

Ilya’s passion for music began at an early age when his father, a classical music enthusiast, would regularly acquaint him to various composers. As a young boy, Ilya also sang with an Orthodox Church choir yet his true devotion to music began when he picked up the guitar at the age of 8, practicing and composing in a multitude of genres ranging from rock to classical. His strong interest in the progressive jazz genre led him to pursue his studies in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College and later at Concordia University.

Ilya has also studied extensively in film production and has written numerous scores for various independent films. Furthermore, he has played in numerous Progressive Rock, Funk and Jazz bands, often in various venues in Montreal.

 

Teaching has always been a passion for Ilya and a means to convey his enthusiasm to the student. His method of teaching relies strongly on establishing good communication and a positive learning environment. The students first develop their basic guitar skills through songs they like and various popular songs. Ilya also enjoys teaching advanced techniques such as improvisation and songwriting.

Ilya teaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Beaconsfield

David has been playing Guitar and Bass for nearly a decade. He started off with simple power chords and pentatonic licks, but then became obsessed with learning the ins and outs of the Guitar in recent years. David is comfortable in all styles, namely rock, jazz, metal, etc. His focus is to help his students achieve their musical goals, whether it be to learn campfire songs or become a full on shredder! David composes and performs with a local band. Music has taught him the value of patience and hard work and David looks forward to sharing that knowledge and experience with you.

David teaches on Wednesdays.

Jeff has been playing guitar since the age of 10, starting with private lessons with a family friend, and later on learning proper theory and technique in high school music classes. During high school, Jeff studied and composed mainly progressive rock and heavy metal, playing multiple live shows with bands of these genres. Jeff has since expanded his repertoire to include Jazz, Blues and Classical, inspired by joining the Concordia Jazz Performance program in 2017. 

The musical styles of jazz players such as Pat Martino, Wynton Kelly, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane have cultivated a deep love of jazz and the culture surrounding it throughout his time at Concordia.

According to Jeff, consistent practice is the most important thing when playing music. Committing time to your instrument every day will cultivate a love that eventually grows into something spectacular. For Jeff, the mindset of a musician playing his instrument should be similar to that of a child at play, and he emphasizes the importance of having fun with music during his lessons.

Jeff teaches on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Patrick started playing the guitar at the age of 16, and played with several rock and heavy metal bands in high school. He was accepted into Vanier College’s Professional Music Program, specializing in the Jazz Performance stream. Patrick  went on to further his music education by enrolling in the Jazz Studies program at Concordia University, graduating with distinction.

   Realizing that teaching was a profession he really enjoyed, Patrick completed a Teaching Certificate at the University of Ottawa, with a specialty in Music. He now frequently teaches at different schools around the NDG and Montreal West area. 

   During his time at U of Ottawa, Patrick learned the importance of developing a positive rapport with students, ascertaining the different needs of students, and adapting to various different learning strategies needed to facilitate student growth. The most important teaching philosophy to Patrick, is to make sure that his students enjoy what they are doing, and that they are having fun while learning. 

   Patrick also enjoys playing live music when he gets the chance. He currently plays in two different jazz bands, as well as being a performer/arranger for L’OAM, a rock band/orchestra that specializes in Japanese anime music, whose debut show was performed at Otakuthon 2019 to a sold out crowd!

Patrick teaches on Sundays.