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David Gross is the finest bass guitar and music teacher who I have had the privilege of studying with. Rather than working through a rigid method book he has customized my lessons based on my ability and goals. Although David has specific ideas about electric bass technique, the focus is always on the music. He has opened up my musical appreciation beyond the Yacht Rock and Smooth Jazz that I had been stuck on for many years. My playlist has expanded markedly since studying with David. I enjoy talking with him about his musical experiences and philosophy.
Check out Theorcolus. It’s a remarkable album and gives an idea of David’s musical genius.
Due to distance and COVID-19 my lessons with David have been a mixture of in-person and Skype. Both work very well. I like the personal interaction at his home studio, but recording Skype lessons for review is most useful. David has had me use a variety of teaching materials, including rhythm studies, Bach Cello pieces, Charlie Parker tunes, fretboard exercises and chord progressions that he created for me to develop basslines over. He has several excellent print and video works that supplement the materials that he creates specifically for me.
In summary, if you put in the work with David you will progress. His approach is more dynamic and eclectic than the previous teachers who I have studied with. I just wish that I had met him many years ago.
C. Mitchell Gilbert, MD, Farmington CT
I have known David C. Gross for a while. I have enjoyed studying with him one on one and used his theory books. They are all great and that includes our phone conversations that some how always touched on some music tips. He has a very broad range of musical taste and insight and that is reflected in his teachings in my experience. His magazine articles always show invaluable tips. Some of his lessons may seem out of the box which I like but it really stays within the box and he is good at explaining it and while making sure you understand. His lessons are definitely eye opening and are things that can easily be utilized in your playing technically and harmonically. Well worth !
Andrew Goldba, Queens NY
I’ve been indebted to you for years (since @ ‘85) being that “teach yourself fretless bass“ was the only text of its kind back when I started my fretless bass exploration. (I’ve incidentally, always wanted you to sign my copy and kept it in the car just in case I ran into you up in Nyack or in Piermont, as I frequent the area on weekends since I live right down in Bergen county NJ.)
I hope that when the Covid coast is clear some time in the future, we can perhaps hang, since I wanna see the Clement bass workmanship up close before I consider ordering one... I hope you’re still in the area.
Hope to talk soon.
One of the best books I have purchased is called" The Harmonic Colours for Bass" by David C. Gross It gives so much insight into thinking outside the box. Highly recomended it has so many unfamiliar approaches that I cant put it down!
To David C. Gross, EADG 4 Bass Club Member...."Dave, I've been meaning to tell you this for the last 26 years, Thank You for my first review of EADG 4 and making it positive...It meant the world to me and it still does.
........"EADG 4 by John Falstrom is a bass theory method that is very helpful in gaining scalar and chordal insights into the bass guitar. The book is set up in 4 sections beginning with scales and eventually taking you into a myriad of useful patterns that all bassists will find both musical and challenging" - David C. Gross, Bassics Magazine, Vol. IV, No. 1, 1994
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