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Dwight Mabe

My college major was double bass. My teacher was a lady named Lynn Peters, a veteran of the Detroit and Milwaulkee symphony orchestras, as well as the bass teacher at the North Carolina School of the Arts (now known as the UNC School of the Arts) and UNC-Greensboro, where I earned Batchelor of Music, Performance and Batchelor of Music Education degrees. Lynn had an amazing amount of knowledge of the physiology of playing the double bass. I was privilged to share a stand with her in two different local symphonies. Much of the physiology of the MaxTone method is a result of what I learned from her. I was fortunate to be able to perform with several major jazz artists during this time period, mostly due to the connections of UNCG jazz ensemble director Ray Gariglio. During my 4 years at UNCG, I performed with Marian McPartland, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Mundell Lowe, Eddie Daniels, Dave Brubeck and Benny Goodman. I was also fortunate to study jazz improvisation with guitarist Stan Samole, whose students included Pat Metheny and Steve Morse. The next several years were spent on the road traveling on the road with a rock band and then a jazz-rock-reggae trio. The rock band averaged 250 shows per year. This was great for endurance, stage nerves, etc. In the jazz trio, I was able to contribute to the songwritng which was a great experience. After these two bands, I did studio work and worked with bands of every style and genre

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Primary Instrument

Bass, electric

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I am a bass guitarist with over 25 years teaching as well as playing experience in the area. Many of my students have gone on to make a name for themselves such as being 1st call bassists in the New York and Los Angeles studios. I teach all ages, all styles and all levels including reading music and music theory. Generally, lessons are catered to the student's musical goals but a formal approach can also be easily provided. One of the major components of my teaching is called MaxTone, which is my way of teaching the student to get the best possible tone from the instrument. Tone is what makes a bassist stand out from others, making him memorable. Lessons are 45 minutes long, once per week (30 minute lessons are also available for younger students) at $25 per lesson ($20 for 30 minutes). Times are available now, so email me for details. You can also call me at 336-833-3947 or check us out on Facebook at Bass Guitar Instruction Studio.

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