BMus, Central School of Music, Moscow
MMus, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow
Double Bass (jazz and classical)
Music Theory (jazz and classical)
Jazz Double Bass
Classical Double Bass
Music theory & ear training
Jazz piano and composition
Beginners to Advanced
Hello, my name is Yuri. I studied at the Moscow Conservatory and have been touring the world as a double bassist for 25 years now, first as a classical musician, and then, since 2004, playing jazz.
I currently teach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as well as at King's College in Taunton and Wells Cathedral School and I have taught privately since 2008. I have also taught at the Professional Music Institute (CPM) in Milan and Trento State Conservatory in Italy.
I've been lucky enough to perform at the highest levels with some amazing colleagues all over the world, and having gathered all this experience, I am now happy to share my knowledge with aspiring students – of all ages and abilities.
I OFFER LESSONS IN JAZZ AND CLASSICAL DOUBLE BASS, JAZZ HARMONY, JAZZ PIANO, MUSIC THEORY AND JAZZ COMPOSITION.
WHAT CAN ALL STUDENTS EXPECT?
• You can expect a patient teacher happy to teach beginners to more advanced students.
• A teacher who helps his students understand ay difficulties and gives them practical advice on how to solve them
• A teacher who helps his students achieve their goals.
I enjoy introducing pianists to the world of jazz, and can help them understand chords and how to form them, how to accompany others in a group, and how to improvise.
I can also help more advanced players: giving them insights in how to render jazz standards in more unusual, individual ways, how to construct different voicings, and how to re-harmonise and re-arrange existing compositions.
My approach for amateur players:
I find students who play for fun, and perhaps in a band with friends, can be massively helped by lessons with me. Such players will inevitably have questions, and bits of their playing might not be working out. I will troubleshoot technique and skills, and give general guidelines for improvement. I liken it to having computer diagnostics run on your car: I will tell you what needs to be improved, and I can tell you how to do it!
My approach for aspiring professional musicians:
I believe that the basics of playing, and the technical skills required, must come first. In order to express the music inside you, you must have the means to express it. If you don’t have these means, your playing will fail to live up to your aspirations.
I will listen and diagnose areas that need work, and then give the student exercises to practice. Much like a consultation, the student is given a clear route to progress, and so varying time between lessons is not of great significance. I also shares my tips for concentrated, focused practice.
I have found many aspiring professional double bassists can waste half a day in unfocussed playing which isn’t directed towards solving problems and can actually make playing worse. My experience and direct instruction in how to practice will make this lack of efficiency a thing of the past.
MUSIC THEORY and JAZZ MUSIC THEORY
General music theory:
Even for the amateur musician, an ability to write out or read tunes in the clearest possible way, including melody lines and chord symbols, opens up the possibility of reading and playing music far more quickly.
Music written or interpreted incorrectly wastes a lot of practice and playing time. Knowing what you’re doing will massively improve your enjoyment and the speed at which you and your friends can play tunes together.
I undertake lessons in basic music theory, covering everything from note length and key signatures to time, in order to help you read written music and jazz lead sheets.
Jazz music theory:
I will help you acquire thorough knowledge of how to understand and assign chord symbols, which will help you play, or ask others to play, the voicing that you want.
I will work with you on knowledge of jazz scales and jazz language, and on any other aspect of jazz theory that you would like to cover.
All music theory can be taught purely theorectically, or at the piano, or with the use of your chosen instrument, which doesn’t need to be the double bass!
I have been composing jazz for 20 years. I studied composition for five years with the head of the Composition Department at the Moscow Conservatory, Prof. Albert Leman.
I can help composing students or professionals develop not only their understanding of key concepts, but also to discover their own unique voice.
I can help you:
• Develop a general understanding of the form of composition, its starting point, development and closure.
• Build your instinct as to how to unfold your compositions, and to understand what will sound good and what will not.
• To avoid trivialities and banalities and combine traditional moves with non-traditional moves to avoid predictability.
I am happy to work on students’ own compositions, whatever stage of development they may be in. Jazz composition can be taught theorectically, and/or at the piano.
• Top level international touring artist
• Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation
Please contact me for details, and I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have!
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00
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