In Don's bass playing, one hears echoes of bass greats Bill
Johnson, Pops Foster, and Milt Hinton. Mopsick presents
something endearing to musicians and jazz fans of an earlier era:
a completely acoustic approach. --Riverwalk Jazz
Primary InstrumentBass, acoustic
LocationCape Coral, FL
Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students
Credentials/BackgroundI studied Music Education at Rutgers University. I've taught
classroom music at the Middle, High School and College levels. I
created and designed a jazz recorder curriculum for grades 3-5
for Riverwalk Jazz.
Available to travel for clinics, jazz camps, etc. nationwide.
Clinic/Workshop InformationFor younger students, my approach to teaching swing rhythm
and improvisation is through first memorizing simple swinging
riffs using one or two notes at the beginning stage; then ear
training through mimicking and games.
For older, more advanced students who read music only, my
method of teaching swing rhythm feel is through listening to
examples, having them first sing their written instrumental
parts, then approaching playing "off the page" and soloing as
above emphasizing swing rhythm and restricted note choices
Bass "master class" focus is on the elements of playing time
using "beautiful quarter notes;" song forms 12-bar blues, then
32-bar AABA "I Got Rhythm." Also, I cover the elements of
constructing walking bass lines...
Acoustic Image bass amp, David Gage Realist pickup, Pirastro