Los Angeles Bass Teachers
Misha Danilov is a bass player, jazz composer, arranger and big band director from Uzbekistan. In December 2015, he graduated from Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance and Jazz Composition. As a bass player, Misha has worked with many internationally recognized musicians from Uzbekistan, such as Mansur Tashmatov (People's Artst of Uzbekistan), Yunus Gulzarov (Honored Artist of Uzbekistan), Davron Gaipov and his first in UzbekSSR rock band Original.
Misha has performed in many international jazz festivals, including Golden Fall (Uzbekistan, 2005); Astana Blues (2006), where he shared the stage with legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker; 5th International Bishkek Jazz Festival. In 2015, Misha was a finalist in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competition with his big band composition Brainwash. Brainwash was later selected and recorded by Jazz Revelation Record label for their 2016 CD.
Since then, Misha and his big band have been recording and performing his original compositions featuring great musicians such as Donna McElroy, Ricardo Monzon, Gregory Hopkins, Steve Bailey and Yazhi Guo. As a result of a collaboration with the best suona player from Hong Kong Yazhi Guo, Misha's arrangement of a traditional Chinese tune Jin She Kuang Wu was featured and performed in Gateway Performance Series by ASCAP award-winning composer Alan Chan and his Jazz Orchestra in LA. Misha’s big band adaptation of arrangement of Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was featured in S.O.A.R 2016 outdoor event for audiences of 10,000 people.
Conrad Reeves is a professional guitarist, music educator, music producer, and audio engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the esteemed Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as his Performance Diploma from SAM College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Reeves offers teaching services for guitar, keyboard, vocals, songwriting, bass, drums, and music production.
Reeves holds extensive teaching experience in many instruments and age ranges. He has been a faculty member at institutions such as Michigan State University CMSD, Detroit Institute of Music Education, and a secondary lessons instructor at Oberlin Conservatory. Reeves has had longtime students in the disciplines of guitar, piano, production, drum set, bass, and songwriting. His students have rave reviews for his encouraging and engaging teaching style.
Reeves is currently the guitarist for R&B legend Faith Evans, and has worked professionally as a guitarist for major acts such as Kierra Sheard, Karen Clark Sheard, and many more. He has produced and mixed projects for many local artists in Detroit and Los Angeles.
Rohan Arora is a professional guitarist adept at many styles. Rohan began playing guitar at the age of 10 and growing up was influenced by a wide array of musical artists such as Prince, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Van Halen, The Beatles, George Benson & many more. After attending Music college in Minnesota and obtaining Bachelor’s degree in performance Rohan moved to Los Angeles to continue his music career.
He has worked for such artists as Eddie Murphy, Ryan Cabrera, Sam Butler (Blind Boys Of Alabama), Jamecia Bennett (Sounds Of Blackness) playing guitar both live and in the studio. He has also recorded and produced music and guitar parts for TV shows such as Lethal Weapon, American Pickers, Punk’d and others. Rohan also has over a decade of teaching experience and is very well equipped to teach a diverse array of musical styles as well as music theory.
Arian is a music producer, teacher and audio engineer. After picking up the guitar in 2008, his love for music led him to pursue a bachelors degree in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has had the privilege to work with artists from over 40 countries, spanning a wide array of genres.
His goal is to help musicians of all skill levels bring their visions to life with his unique and personalized teaching style. He teaches guitar and bass and is heavily influenced by Rock, Pop and Contemporary music.
Currently based in the south bay area of Los Angeles, Arian works with a diverse age group and has been recognized as someone who cultivates a lifelong passion within his students.
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Arthur Smeall has been playing music all of his life. He started formal training on voice and cello at age five. Since then, he has picked up other instruments including guitar, bass, and drums. In 2012, Arthur was accepted and enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a cello principal, Arthur studied under Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, and Mike Block of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Arthur completed his Bachelor’s in Professional Music in May of 2016. Shortly after, Arthur released his first 6-track EP entitled Stuck in Space and Time, consisting of original compositions that he produced and recorded with his peers.
Arthur has lived in Los Angeles since October of 2016. He has sung in the bass section of the Angel City Chorale. He had a residency playing live cello weekly at the Urban Press Winery in Downtown Burbank. He regularly performs in Hollywood as a bassist with the rock band Cinema Patrol. He continues to work as a freelance session and live musician, and private instructor, while writing, producing, and performing his own music. Arthur’s passion for music runs deep because it is the most universal of all languages.
Aaron Shadrow began his musical endeavors as a drummer at age 9. He quickly fell in love with music, and soon after took on guitar, bass, and piano. He has played in countless bands of different genres and instruments, including; drums in a jazz combo, lead guitar in an indie rock band, keyboards in a pop band, and many more.
Aaron tested out of high school early to achieve a degree in Music Production from the Los Angeles Recording School. While instrumentation is still a huge focus on his life, his main daily workload relies heavily on the usage of DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) production (specifically Pro Tools and Ableton).
Aaron is actively excited and eager to engage other musicians in their musical quest. While he is ready and able to teach beginner/intermediate lessons on drums, guitar, bass, and piano, he sees first-hand that the music industry has drastically changed, and that any musician who wants to make a living off of their craft must have a basic-advanced knowledge of DAW production. Ask Aaron about signing up for production lessons in Pro Tools and/or Ableton. Hybrid lessons are also highly encouraged (instrument of choice/DAW production).
William Peterson is a musician, composer, music educator, and audio engineer. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College where he was mentored by Matt Wilson, Glenn Alexander, Daniel Wohl, Chester Biscardi, among others. Peterson has been playing professionally since his teenage years. His style is derived from a very diverse taste. Drawing from jazz, classical, blues, and experimental music, Peterson has developed a limitless perspective on expression.
Currently, he plays bass for Los Angeles based band Thrillers, as well as pursuing his own compositional projects.
Peterson comes from a family of educators, and he himself has been teaching guitar, bass, piano and music production for the majority of his adult life. His students have varied in skill-level and age. He sees teaching as a crucial and fundamental part of being a musician. Helping give his students the tools they need to express themselves through music has been one of his life’s greatest passions. Peterson’s curriculum encourages the fundamentals of musicianship, yet still greatly focuses on what the student wants to learn. He is available for piano, guitar, bass and music production lessons.
Ian Lipson is an LA-based composer/producer offering lessons in guitar, bass, songwriting, music theory, and audio production/engineering. Lipson graduated from the CalArts Herb Alpert School of Music, and formerly studied at USC's Thornton School of Music as part of their Music Industry Program. He has been playing, writing, and performing with bands for more than a decade. Over the years, Lipson has played in a wide variety of musical styles including rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, country, funk, klezmer, western classical, North Indian classical and free improvisation. He records and produces albums, and has composed scores for motion picture too.
Ian Lipson teaches all ages, across a wide variety of skill levels, in either one-on-one or group settings. He embraces a wide span of teaching styles, tailored to age and personality. Ultimately, Lipson has a deep and ever-growing love and excitement toward making and playing music, and feels thrilled by the prospect of helping others tap into their unique and meaningful connection to music-making.
Jordan Hemphill has been performing and teaching music for over 10 years. At 19 years old he studied at Musicians Institute with world class musicians such as Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X), Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Nevermore), Scott Henderson and session guitar legend Carl Verheyen.
As a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Jordan worked alongside notable industry professionals like Grammy-winning engineer Robert Margouleff and has done recording work for movies including the title track to Drive Angry (2011).