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February 4, 2010 / alunatunes

Meet Bass Teacher John Shaughnessy


John Shaughnessy has an extensive performing an teaching resume.
He has A.S. in Electric Bass Performance from Villa Maria College where he studied with former Spyro Gyra bassist Jim Kurzdorfer; a B.A. in Music from SUNY Buffalo; and Jazz theory and improv studies with Frank Gerard. He was also the winner of the Audrey Schillo Performance Scholarship in 1990.

John has played all over Charlotte and the Northeastern US, and toured Alaska, Canada, South America and the Caribbean. He has played virtually every style of popular music from heavy metal to big band and all points in between. He has also played with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, does studio session work as a performer and producer/engineer, and composes music for his own bands.

John has been teaching bass and piano for over 20 years, teaching 4,5,6 string bass, fretless bass, and upright bass to hundreds of students. His philosophy is to train students to handle the rigors of the professional music world. Many of his students have gone to study music in college and become professional musicians themselves.

He also specializes in helping new and experienced players to perform with their church’s Gospel or Contemporary Christian groups.

John is the author of two instruction books “Extreme Slap Bass” and “The Beginners Guide To Slap Bass”.


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