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Ran Bush 
Instrument(s): Banjo, Bass
City: Berkeley
County: Alameda
Phone: (510) 525 8156
E-Mail: ranbush@gmail.com.
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I've played music professionally for over thirty years, and was a community college instructor for fifteen years, so I like to think that I know a little about playing and can also teach. I teach acoustic (upright) or electric bass; bluegrass, western-swing, blues,rockabilly, or basic jazz.

I have also played five-string banjo for over forty years. I can get you started with clawhammer, Pete Seeger-style, or Scruggs-style Bluegrass banjo. For the new player, I help to get you playing songs as soon as possible, both in our lessons and, when you're ready, in Slow Jam classes. I emphasize basics, like how to practice efficiently, using a metronome when practicing, avoiding hand, arm, and back pain, instrument care and set up, and (when you're ready) jam etiquette and repertoire. For the intermediate player, I emphasize how to how to practice efficiently, how to get started playing with others, how to increase your playing speed and volume, and jam etiquette and repertoire.

I'm teaching at my home in Richmond Annex, near Down Home Music.

In the last ten years I've played bass professionally with the West Coast Ramblers, Redwing, David Thom Band, the Whiskey Brothers, and I've played on a regular "bass-is" with Larry Chung, Tom Lucas, Megan Lynch, and other local bluegrass luminaries in various combos.

And if you're interested in meeting other folks to play music with, I'm hosting a Bluegrass Slow Jam at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons of each month, 2-5PM, $14 at the door.

We also have a "Bluegrass and Beyond" session on the 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoons where we'll play Bluegrass, classic Country and Folks songs along with some contemporary jam songs like "Friend of the Devil" and "Wagon Wheel", among others. See the Freight website's Workshop page for more info. http://www.thefreight.org/

We play Bluegrass standards reaaaallly slow, support each others' learning, and have some laughs. See the Freight website's Workshop page for more info.

We have another guided Bluegrass Slow Jam at the B.F.U.U. church at 1606 Bonita Ave. in Berkeley on Tuesday evenings, 7-9:00PM,





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