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Marco Accattatis teaches bass guitar, acoustic bass, guitar, improvisation, composition, and theory to all ages students in his studio in South Orange, NJ and surrounding areas. He also teaches via Skype and email. If you would like more information, please send an email. For more information on Skype lessons, please click here. For rates click here

Marco has been teaching privately and academically since 1995 and holds a summa cum laude BM in composition and performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Some of his private teachers include Charlie Banacos, Jeff Andrews, and John Patitucci.

He is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology and a part-time lecturer in music history at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he is also pursuing a masters degree in musicology. From 1997 to 2000 he was Artist In Residence at the NYU New Music And Dance Ensemble at New York University where he taught graduate and undergraduate students.

Here you can view a scan from an issue of Bass Player Magazine where one of Marco's students mentions him as a source of inspiration.


Lessons Topics:

Hand Position A good position reduces unnecessary movement and it minimizes the possibility of injuries.


The more we know our instrument, the easier it is to play the music we hear. Many musicians only play what their hands already know because they haven't overcome the gap between hearing a line and playing it without having to try it out first. The ultimate goal should be to overcome the phisycal obstacles which prevent us from expressing our creativity to the fullest.
Harmony Theory is one of the most neglected topics when it comes to learning an instrument. A good knowledge of harmony helps create solid and interesting accompaniments and solos. Some of the things a student should learn: intervals, scale harmonization, functional and non-functional relationships, progressions, etc.
Improvisation Everything we play involves a certain degree of improvisation: fills, variations, etc. The extent of the improvisation varies according to both the musician's own stylistic concept and the type of music. The study of improvistation combines all the other topics listed here in a whole, unified approach to playing music.
Ear training Last but not least this skill helps us musicians decide what is appropriate in every musical situation we come across. In a way it can help us be not only musicians but also "producers" as it enhances our awareness of what surrounds us musically. Our ears are the element that links and combines all the skills that we acquire through practice.


This is not an exhaustive list of everything a musician should know but, rather, a brief summary of the things which anyone wanting to seriously study an instrument should plan on working on.

A teacher is someone who opens "windows" of insight, not someone who steers the student towards the "proper" direction (usually the teacher's one). In the end, it is the student who should decide the direction, according to her preferences, while the teacher should use her knowledge and experience to maximize the student's potential.


A partial list of Marco's former teachers:

Jeff Andrews

Charlie Banacos

Whit Browne

Hal Crook

Furio Di Castri

Dave Hollender

Raffaello Pareti

John Patitucci

Bruno Tommaso


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