Bass Lessons in Toronto with Mike Milligan







"Mike combines the best qualities of a great teacher: he's got terrific command of the instrument, he's patient, laid-back, and understands that first and foremost, playing should be fun! As a teacher myself I know how hard it is to find a great colleague - I recommend him totally!" Robert Shoub (Electric Bassist)

"Mike Milligan has the theoretical knowledge to teach at any level, and he has applied his knowledge in countless performance settings - at major festivals and with some of the top musicians in the world. His approach to teaching is practical, constructive, insightful and encouraging. His personable nature allows the student to truly enjoy the learning experience. As a professional performer and teacher myself, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from a musician as accomplished and as knowledgeable as Mike. What I have learned from him applies to my own teaching practices as well as to my career as a performer. I highly recommend him."   Dave Schroeder (Electric Bassist)

"I have been taking lessons from Mike since I began learning how to play the upright bass just over three years ago. From the beginning, Mike has been extremely perceptive regarding my areas of strength as well as those where I need correction or development. He attends to a comprehensive range of aspects that go into playing the bass well-including technique, music theory, musicality, rhythm and time, posture, strength and limberness, as well as the feel and joy of music. He integrates these aspects into each of our lessons and into the assignments he gives me to work on between our lessons. Under his instruction, I feel confident that I am learning to play the upright bass properly the first time around. I also feel a proper mixture of being encouraged and being challenged by his instruction. Above all, I greatly appreciate how Mike's manner of teaching passes along his own enthusiasm and commitment to music. I look forward to each lesson and to the fruits that will come of them". Kirsten Jacobson (Electric and Double Bassist)

"I started studying with Mike about a year ago. I'm an advanced guitar player, and I was looking to improve my abilities with jazz guitar. I had seen Mike perform many times around the city, and I decided to ask him for music lessons because I thought he was the best jazz bassist around. Mike gave me expert guidance in every conceivable area: he helped me with solo construction, with feel, with polyrhythms, with free improvisation and even with posture! Every lesson has left me with immediately applicable ideas, and also with ideas that I sit with for months and gradually assimilate. Because of Mike's great professional accomplishment (playing with people like Dave Leibman, Billy Kilson, Claude Ranger and Adam Nussbaum), he has also been able to offer excellent insight into what is involved in playing professionally. Best of all, I think, is Mike's deep and honest enthusiasm for music, and for teaching. I've learned a great deal from Mike, and his support and encouragement has made a huge difference to my playing. I would recommend Mike as a teacher to players at any level. He has a great deal to offer." John Russon (Jazz Guitarist)





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