Meet Clarence Stephens

Meet Clarence Stephens

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Genres: Teaches All Music Genres
Specialties: Electric, Acoustic, and Upright Bass


Meet Clarence Stephens

Clarence Stephens, B.A. Performing Arts

Classically Trained - Professional Performer
Electric - Acoustic - Fretless - All Styles

I will teach you what you need to know:

  • Know Your Fingerboard
  • Basic Scales You Must Know
  • Walking Bass Line Construction
  • Getting Friendly With The Piano
  • Blues Lines
  • Walking Lines
  • Developing Dexterity
  • Soloistic Concepts

  • Study Books:
  • F. Simandl – Book One For Beginning Students, Book Two For The Advanced
  • The Evolving Bassist by Reed, Rufus
  • Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Real Book – All Editions

  • Education:
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts - Studied with Steve Brewster.
  • Studied with Gary Carr & Lucas Drew
  • Conservatory of Music - Sienna, Italy
  • University of Miami

  • Orchestral Experience:
  • St. Petersburg Philharmonic - Fourth Chair
  • Sienna Music Festival Orchestra - Third Chair
  • Greensboro Symphony - Second Chair
  • Winston-Salem Symphony - Second Chair
  • Omaha Symphony - Fifth Chair
  • The Pinellas County Youth Symphony - Principal
  • Director of In-School Concerts - City of Omaha, Nebraska

  • Performed, Recorded, and/or Toured With:
  • The St. John Coltrane Church A.O.C.
  • Cecil Taylor
  • Don Cherry
  • Tony Williams
  • Eddie Henderson
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • David Garibaldi
  • Steve Turre
  • Michael Clark
  • John Lewis - The M.J.Q.
  • Ernie Watts
  • Rashid Ali

  • Studio Experience:
  • Warner Brothers Records
  • Community Television Specials
  • Jingle Commercials

  • Teaching Experience
  • Bananas At Large for many years
  • Marin Academy - Private bass tutor for the last ten years, Assistant Music Instructor for one year
  • Marin Youth Orchestra - Principal bass tutor for eight years.
  • Branson - Bass tutor, one year
  • University High School - Principal bass tutor, eight years
  • Oakland Youth Orchestra - Bass tutor.
  • John Coltrane Memorial Free Music Program - 18 months, head bass instructor and music teacher.

  • Ready To Take It To The Next Level?


    "To me, Clarence Stephens is more than a teacher. He is a mentor, an inspiration, and most importantly, a friend. In addition to teaching me the language of music, he has taught me to be proud of being an individual and to always follow my dreams and to do whatever it is that makes me happy. I can recall certain lessons when I was feeling down because of certain problems and Clarence used his unique perspective on life and the power of music to help me through my problems. I always walk out of my lessons in a cheerful mood.

    Clarence teaches from a unique point of view. He teaches from the spiritual side of music. He gives his students the necessary tools in order to further express themselves through music. He always encourages creativity and helps his students to understand the infinite boundaries of music.

    Clarence changed my life by introducing me to expression and music. he is a fabulous bass teacher and is someone I will never forget for as long as I live." ~Reed Bunnell - 2010 Graduate, Attending Lewis and Clark College (Music Major)

    "I have been studying with Clarence Stephens for 7 years on electric bass and 5 years on acoustic bass. In addition to instilling in me a general joy for music, he has taught me sight reading, theory, improvisation, and how to play in almost every genre from jazz and classical to rock and funk. Whether I am jamming with him on some free jazz, reading tunes out of the Realbooks, or working my way through the Simandl, I have always taken something positive away from my lessons with him. I was recently accepted into the Double Degree program at John Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and I am certain I would not have achieved this without Clarence as my instructor these past years. He is a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend." ~Nate Charnas

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