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Book a Lesson with Benjamin Ross
Ben Ross is an electric bassist and double bassist from Southern California. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of Arizona School of Music. Ben began studying the electric bass at the age of nine and the double bass shortly thereafter, at the age of 11. His main instructors have been Patrick Neher, Gabe Rosales, Doug Basye, and John Schiavo. Ben has had additional study and master classes with Jason Roederer, Chris Hanulik, Scott Pingel, John Clayton, Marshall Hawkins, and Bart Samolis.
Ben has performed with the Arizona Symphony, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Kinnor Philharmonic, the Sierra Vista Symphony, the Arizona Theatre Company, the Tucson Repertory Orchestra, and the Arizona Repertory Theatre. Ben has also performed with the Latin American Music Ensemble at the University of Arizona. He has worked as the double bass instructor for the University of Arizona String Project, and as the double bass coach for the Southern Arizona Middle School honor orchestra and Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California.
Ben currently performs as the bassist for the group Nilu, whose EP is due for release in the summer of 2013. Ben was a founding member of the Orange County funk and rock fusion group The Insouls, and he is featured on their 2008 self-titled EP. In 2009 he was featured on Gabe Rosales’ solo release Vital Nonsense, which also features the likes of Dave Weckl, Paul Pesco, Steve Perkins, and Divine Styler. His recent work with singer/songwriter Laura Warshauer has allowed him to work with the renowned producer Thom Panunzio; the album also features Kenny Aronoff and Roy Bittan. Recently he has performed live with the acoustic hip hop duo The Vibe and the Laguna Beach-based fusion group X.O. Imperial. Ben is an eclectic musician who is interested in live performance, studio work, and pedagogy.
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I adapt my teaching style to fit the individual needs and goals of my students. I like to give my students a strong background in music theory to enable them to listen and think critically about the styles of music they wish to focus on. I like to invent fun and new ways to help students overcome technical barriers and I love teaching students to adjust their technique so they can play their bass with ease. I want my students to have a greater musical understanding, and I want them to leave lessons feeling like they have an easier time expressing themselves on the bass. For more information regarding my teaching style, sign up for a lesson!
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