Upright and Electric Bass Lessons

Evan Allen on Piano, Jun Young Song on Drums

For lesson inquiries email Robin.Betton@gmail.com

Private lessons are $150/hour in person. Skype lessons are $60/hour

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All the knowledge and skills I offer are synthesized from the materials and lessons I've learned from my time at New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory.

My two primary influences are Richard Davis who I studied with during high school.  I received private lessons at his home in Madison WI.

My second main influence was Eddie Gomez who I studied privately with at Oberlin Conservatory when my main teacher Peter Dominguez was on sabbatical.

Shortly after Eddie encouraged me to transfer to New England Conservatory where I studied privately with John Lockwood, John Mcneil, Ran Blake and Joe Morris. 


Right and Left Hand coordination w/ technical exercises and etudes

Developing an accurate sense of Time and good Sound with references and analysis of recordings of famous jazz bass players 

Accurate intonation

Hear before you play, play what you hear improvisation excercises

Jazz Scales, Modes and Chords

Best ways to learn and memorize forms

Soloing and Improvisation

Strategies for playing with groups and preparing for jam sessions



Billy M.

"I have only taken one lesson with Robin and have been learning bass on and off for 2 years. In just our first meeting Robin not only pointed out ways I could increase technical ease on the bass, but also explained methods to facilitate finding my own sound. I couldn't have had a better experience. He answered every question I had, was very easy to work with and left me feeling inspired!"

Ben T.

"Robin has taught me to try and play music in much the same way that one should try to live life.  To be in the moment, thoughtful, and aware.  His ability as a musician is surpassed only by his ability to be a compassionate human being"