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.



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Daniel

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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays in Pointe-Claire.

Devan

Devan began taking bass lessons at WIMA when he was 14 years old. Green Day, Rush, and Muse were among the bands he studied for the next three years. Devan was accepted into Vanier College for Jazz Performance on Electric Bass after graduating from high school. He was awarded the scholarship for the best Bass audition the next year. 

Devan is a member of many of his own creative bands. He presently plays bass with The Record Breakers, Lost Lighthouse, and The Chris George Project, all of which are based in Montreal. The Record Breakers have published two albums and performed across Eastern Canada, most notably opening for Bon Jovi at The Bell Centre. Lost Lighthouse has a one EP out and has been playing performances all across Montreal for the past two years. The Chris George Project has recorded one CD, which will be published soon, and has performed at numerous venues in Montreal. 

Devan’s diversified musical career has taught him how to play a variety of musical styles, including rock, blues, country, pop, funk, and jazz. His ambition is to be able to share his love of music with others so that they can benefit from all that music has to offer.

Devan teaches on Sundays in Beaconsfield.

 

 

Hayden

Hayden was born with a passion for music. At a young age, he began experimenting with many instruments, including the bass, before settling on the guitar at the age of nine. Hayden spent seven years at WIMA studying with a variety of music teachers before continuing his education at Vanier College in Jazz Performance. 

Hayden is a talented singer, composer, and performer as well. He is the lead singer of The Record Breakers, a country/pop rock band from Montreal. They’ve released two albums and recently performed at the Bell Centre as the opening act for Bon Jovi. 

Hayden, who is proficient in rock, country, blues, folk, and pop music, takes a laid-back approach to teaching and encourages students to feel comfortable and knowledgeable with their instrument while having a fun time doing it!

Hayden teaches on Tuesdays in Pointe-Claire.

 

Ilya

Ilya’s interest in music began at a young age, when his father, a classical music fan, would introduce him to various composers on a regular basis. Ilya sang in an Orthodox Church choir as a child, but his genuine love for music began when he picked up the bass and guitar at the age of eight and began practicing and writing in a variety of genres ranging from rock to classical. His great interest in progressive jazz prompted him to pursue Jazz Guitar courses at Vanier College and then Concordia University. 

Ilya has also studied film production extensively and has composed music for a number of independent films. He’s also played in a number of progressive rock, funk, and jazz bands, playing at a variety of venues around Montreal.

Ilya’s passion for teaching has always been a method for him to share his enthusiasm with his students. His teaching technique is heavily reliant on good communication and a healthy learning environment. The students begin by honing their basic bass skills by playing songs they enjoy as well as a variety of popular songs. Ilya also enjoys teaching advanced techniques such as improvisation and songwriting to his students.

Ilya teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Cote Saint-Luc.

 

Jeff

Jeff has been playing bass and guitar since he was ten years old, beginning with private lessons from a family friend and progressing to high school music classes where he learned correct theory and technique. Jeff studied and composed primarily progressive rock and heavy metal during his high school years, performing live with bands in these genres on numerous occasions. After enrolling in the Concordia Jazz Performance school in 2017, Jeff has broadened his repertoire to include jazz, blues, and classical music.

Throughout his time at Concordia, Pat Martino, Wynton Kelly, Clifford Brown, and John Coltrane’s musical styles instilled in him a great appreciation of jazz and its culture.

When it comes to playing music, Jeff believes that constant practise is the most vital factor. By devoting time to your instrument on a daily basis, you will create a passion for it that will eventually blossom into something extraordinary. Jeff believes that a musician should approach their instrument with the same mindset as a child, and he emphasizes the significance of having fun with music during his classes.

Jeff teaches on Mondays and Saturdays in Pointe-Claire, Tuesdays in Beaconsfield, and Sundays in Cote Saint-Luc.

 

Juan

Juan is a Colombian bassist/guitarist/producer/composer based in Montreal. He is currently doing his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at Concordia University, specializing in Bass Performance, and is expected to graduate in 2025.

Juan’s passion for music started from a young age, and after having formal training in guitar and percussion, discovered the bass at the age of 13 and has been gigging and recording with this instrument ever since. His style is heavily influenced by his Colombian upbringing and exposure to the country’s varied musical scene.

He started teaching guitar and bass at the age of 16, around the same time he discovered production and composition. During this phase, he was involved in creating music for short films which went on to win prizes in Colombia, and were featured across International Film Festivals.

In Montreal, Juan has worked alongside many local bands as a bass player, producer, and mixing engineer. He is currently working with The Chris George Project, Honeywaves, Ono Collective, The Big Neon, and Toh Nal Project.

Juan teaches on Thursdays in Pointe-Claire.

OUR ADDRESS

WIMA Pointe-Claire

222 Brunswick Blvd
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, H9R 1A6
info@wima.ca

WIMA Cote Saint-Luc

5555 Westminster #312
Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec, H4W 2J2
csl@wima.ca

WIMA Beaconsfield

484 Beaconsfield Blvd. #204
Beaconsfield, Quebec, H9W 4C4
beaconsfield@wima.ca

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