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George Urbaszek

Teaching: Double bass, 4, 5, and 6-string bass guitar, and ensemble.
Levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
Ages: Youth, Adults
Genres: All music genres and bass playing styles.

Available: Days and hours subject to the teacher’s availability.
Duration: 30 mins and a 1-hour class.

10 week Lesson*: Individual lesson $620 (1 hour), $400 (30 mins) , group lesson $500 (3 people max). Lessons start any time regardless of school terms.

* Before schedule, you can buy a 10-week package for $620 paid in full, or pay a subscription for $62 in weekly payment. Read more.

EXPERIENCE

BMus (Performance) Wiesbaden Conservatory, Germany, GradDip (Jazz) Australian National University, Cert.IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, Cert.IV in Small Business Management.

Studied classical double bass in Germany, jazz bass with Adelhard Roidinger (Austria), jazz ensemble performance with Lee Harper (USA), bass guitar with Kai Eckhard (John McLaughlin Trio, Herbie Hancock) and jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos (USA).

For his Graduate Diploma, George wrote a treatise (which received a High Distinction) titled “Fundamental Concepts for Walking Bass – A Systematic Method”. This book, along with George’s latest book “Good Music Practice” is now available worldwide from Amazon.

George is a highly qualified ensemble supervisor and an experienced jazz band conductor with national and international tours to his credit.

He has had both workshop and clinic experience and lectured in Bass, Jazz Improvisation, Ensemble Performance and Jazz Theory. For 10 years he was at the Riverina Summer School for Strings. He was a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, playing for, among many others, the New York touring production of Porgy & Bess and the Australian Ballet. For 13 years George lectured in the Jazz Dept. of the Canberra School of Music, ANU, before teaching at Southern Cross University in Lismore after moving to the Northern Rivers.

He is author of “Bass Guitar for the Complete Musician”, co-author of the innovative educational CD-ROM “Enable Bass”, co-producer of the bass and drums play-along CD “The Feel of the Real Deal” and producer of the popular ready-made lesson CDs “Groove Creation for Bass” and “Workin’ it Out – Aural Skills for Bass Players”. ProBand, an accredited short course in music performance skills, is George’s innovation.

George wrote the Bass column for Australian Musician magazine and was Australia correspondent for the online bass magazine, Global Bass, contributing a monthly article titled “Creating Bass”.

He has the experience of well over 3000 performances and 120 recording sessions to guide himself and his students through most musical situations. He has recorded with Stuart Stuart, who produced Sheppard and The Veronicas.

Currently George is playing and recording mainly with Monkey & The Fish, who have several albums, You Tube videos, as well as multiple NCEIA Dolphin Awards. Past performances in the Northern Rivers have been with The Phil Morris Small Band, The Channon Jazz and Groove Collective, Standard Deviation, Soul’d, and The Lismore Symphony Orchestra.

George has backed countless well-known artists, from ex-Seekers vocalist, Judith Durham and Motown recording artist, Thelma Housten, to Marina Prior and Australian jazz icons, Bob and Len Barnard, plus Australian country music multi award winning artist, Beccy Cole.

Some of his former students hold top playing positions in the music industry, both in Australia and abroad. They include Greg Royal (Lee Kernaghan, Kate Ceberano, Australian Idol Band) Kim Khahn (Mel C, Natalie Imbruglia, Robbie Williams) Rory Quirk (John Butler Trio, Quirk) Zoe Hauptmann (Miruslav Bukovsky’s ARIA award winning group Wanderlust and Australian singer-songwriter legend, Paul Kelly) and Brendan Clarke (winner of the 2001 National Jazz Award).