One of the greatest rewards for me as a serious music content ONLY educator is the wonderful messages I receive from current and former students of how they are doing in the REAL WORLD of gigging, recording work, live shows, etc..
This simply stands as to the truth of better musicianship through the work of the student as well as the proof of the progress they have made in lessons with me.
In my years ( since 1979) teaching many hundreds of bass students all over the country and worldwide, a great truth emerged.. ALL improved by studying music facts and the principals of solid musicianship.. This makes the player competent, confident and marketable in his or her abilities.
My former student Jake Barr is busy both in Nashville and on the road. He has learned well and is out there making a living as a touring and session bassist. I'm very proud of the effort he has put in to improve. He earned this !
I want to share here in his own words what studying with me AND his hard work in practicing what I have assigned has contributed to his career.. I also instilled in him the
aspects of the music business, dealing with clients/fellow musicians and the attitude of professionalism. This '' Holistic '' approach I call Bass Mentoring:-) Many of my students have gone on to better gigs, sessions and full or part time pros. and others to satisfy their own critique..
"The first year I lived here in Nashville, I pursued Steve Bryant and seized every opportunity to learn from and be mentored by him. I'm eternally grateful that I did, as he equipped me with the tools and knowledge I needed to succeed as a professional musician, here in what I believe to be the biggest music producing city in the world. I can't begin to count the number of times I drew upon the wisdom and knowledge he imparted, in order for me to succeed in this line of work. If I weren't so busy these days, thanks to him, I'd still be bugging him every week for another lesson! Haha! I still intend to...
Whether it be technical, mental, or relational skills, I felt like Mr. Bryant always ensured that I was well-equipped with what I needed to address any issue in the music industry. In my opinion, his teaching and mentoring abilities are unparalleled. Steve Bryant is not only an excellent teacher and mentor, but he also employs a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that any student (at any level) can benefit from! I'm so grateful to have found such a great example of excellence, discipline, kindness and professionalism.
Steve Bryant is my hero..."
Jake Barr, Nashville Bassist for Tiffany, Jeremy McComb and Bone Feather
I've taught bassists worldwide via Skype how to improve their playing and musicianship
Learning well is practicing the '' right stuff''! a good 20 to 30 minutes a day to start is effective ( short bursts of practicing every day makes a difference)
I have openings for new or returning students.. Let's begin!
All the best in your musical adventures,