Eddie Tsuru

Eddie Tsuru: Electric Bass

Learn to play the Bass or if you already do, improve your skills.

About the instructor:

Over 25 years of teaching experience, studied with studio legend Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan, Quincy
Jones, Aretha Franklin) and master bassist Jeff Castleman (Duke Ellington, Michael Jackson, Frank
Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella).

Teaching all styles beginner to advanced. Excel on the bass by learning good technique, theory, groove, soloing, and improvising.

Former students have pursed music careers, appeared on Dave Letterman Show, toured with national recording artists, and pursuing graduate degrees in some of the world's most prestigious music colleges.

Personal playing experience: worked with Drifters, Dave Walker (led vocalist with Savoy Brown,
Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath), Ron Strykert (Grammy winner Men at Work), Tracy Nelson (two time Grammy nominee) , The Platters, Eric Funk (Grammy nominee), Minnesota Blues Band (which
included Prince's horn section), Ignacio Berroa (jazz legend), Deep Banana Horns (Allman Bros, Derek Trucks, Govt Mule), Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show, Eric Kalb (Greyboy Allstars, John Schofield), Jack Walrath (Mingus), Bob Braye (Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders), Bob Nell, Joey Gian, Andrew Gromiller, Gaynelle Neville, Ric Parnell (Spinal Tap, Atomic Rooster), Bob Packwood (Blue Rodeo), Jeni Fleming, John Bohlinger (bandleader of “Nashville Star” TV show), and Meagan Mullins
(Nashville Artist, Shakira).


Lessons are uniquely tailored to each student. Each lesson will touch upon 3 areas.
  1. Technique - Posture (physics and fulcrums of the body), left hand position, right hand techniques,
  2. and good playing habits.
  3. Knowledge - Music knowledge, theory, understanding different genres, and analyzing great players.
  4. Application - Playing Music
  • Beginners
  • Improvisation
  • Advanced improvisation
  • Jazz
  • Funk
  • Rock
  • Walking Bass
  • Soloing
  • Composition
  • Session Playing
Bass Amplifier and playback equipment provided at studio. Just bring your bass, strap, and a notebook.


“The bass player makes a band breathe, Eddie breathes better than anyone I’ve ever
played with.”
Dave Walker (lead singer of Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac, and Black Sabbath)

“Eddie plays all styles with equal proficiency, is a seasoned and intelligent musician and
skilled instructor. That’s why I love to play music with him – he’s the best.”
 - Eric Funk (Emmy Winner, Grammy Nominee, host of 11th & Grant)

“Eddie T is a tremendous music instructor: he connects well with his students, and he’s a
master musician. I highly recommend him”
- Tim McWilliams Headmaster, Headwaters Academy (31 years in public and private education)

“Hands down the best teacher I have ever had. Eddie has a relevant way of teaching
that caters to each individual's learning style. Every lesson is full of knowledge about music, life, and
the pursuit of happiness. A true master of his kind. Eddie engages his students and challenges them to be the best that they can be. Follow his instruction and watch your skill advance rapidly.”
 - Jordon Jorowsky bassist for Strangeways and Rock Montana

“When I began taking bass lessons from Eddie T. I had just picked up a bass and was
attempting to teach myself and not getting very far. Through his tutelage I not only learned how to
play the bass and how to continually progress on the instrument in a satisfying way, I gained a deeper understanding, appreciation, and love for music as a whole. I started as a seventeen-year old kid with barely a shred of musical experience and today I am attending MSU as a music student and have played and continue to play bass in several bands. I've gotten to travel, make money, and have experiences that I would never have had if it weren't for the bass and the excellent instruction I received from Eddie. The musical journey is an amazing journey and I might never have started if it weren't for Eddie.”
 - Mark Vaughn Currently at North Texas State, Simm-Bitti, Mathias and Friends, Paige and the
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