New York City Music Teachers

Marty Jaffe Bassist

Marty Jaffe Bassist

1309 5th Avenue, New York, NY

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Double Bass Lessons | Bass Guitar Lessons | Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Online Lessons

  • Qualifications: Eduaction: The Juilliard School, Master of Music 2017. Over a decade of professional experience performing, touring, and recording with world class jazz artists, including Ingrid Jensen, Karrin Allyson, Sullivan Fortner, and Harold Mabern. Extensive experience teaching topics including jazz bass, music theory, and jazz piano to students of all ages and levels.
  • Pricing: $60 per hour
  • Styles: jazz, classical, pop, RnB, Brazilian Styles such as samba, Forro, and Choro.
  • Suitability: 10 and up


Marty Jaffe is an experienced educator. He is currently available to teach lessons via zoom and Skype. He has taught topics including jazz bass, music theory, and jazz piano to students of all ages and levels. Although Marty is primarily a jazz bassist, he also has performed music in a wide range of styles, including pop, R&B, classical music, and samba, and he is excited to share the full range of his knowledge and experience.

Marty is excited to pass on the knowledge he has received under the tutelage of luminaries such as Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Avery Sharpe, John Clayton, Sal Macchia, Ben Wolfe, and others as well as the lessons he has learned from over a decade of professional experience performing internationally.

Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts

The Juilliard School
Master of Music

Selected teaching experience:

Interplay Jazz Camp: Faculty Member June 2019
Taught bass masterclasses, individual lessons, and coached ensembles

Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Programs: Teaching Assistant 2016-2018
Taught bass masterclasses and individual lessons to middle and high school students

Juilliard Jazz Workshop, Torino, Italy: Faculty Member April 2016
Taught jazz ensembles, bass masterclasses, and theory classes to students at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Torino, Italy as part of teaching residency with the Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble.

Teaching Info

Each lesson has a warmup, a technical exercise, and a repertoire component.

The warmup includes tuning, Long Tones, Scales, and other exercises to help the student connect to the instrument and establish a relaxed, healthy use of the body while playing.

For double bassists, I use etudes and technical exercises from Simandl, Storch Hrabe, and Slama method books.

For Electric bassists, I use Rudy Weeks’ book Encyclopedia of Bass Logic.

For jazz students, I also use exercises from Ron Carter’s Building Jazz Basslines.

I also have students learn by ear and play along with recordings to learn the subtleties of different styles.

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