Bass Instructors

  • Newt Johnson --> Click HERE for bio info

     

    Newt Johnson ( jfignewton@hotmail.com ) — Bass Fundamentals


    Newt Johnson holds a degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Jazz Piano Performance with secondary studies in classical piano, bass, and voice. While at UAH, Newt studied with renowned classical pianist Dr. Margery Whatley, Van Cliburn semifinalist Ron Roberts, jazz instructor Keith Taylor, and local jazz legend, Jim Cavender.


    Newt is a regularly-performing musician in several local bands, including Rollin Jazz Revue, Trio El Camino, the LaRose Band, Discoasis, and Mambo Gris Gris. He spent a year as a touring member of the Skip Heller Trio and appears on the recordings Live at Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus, Along the Anchorline, and San Fernando Valley. The Rollin Jazz Revue, a modern jazz project which Newt co-founded, has recorded two albums for Startlingly Fresh Records: Halloween on Union Avenue and Elephants in the Crosswalk.


    In addition to these activities, Newt serves sometimes as music director and often as a musician for special events and local theatre groups including, but not limited to, Butler Theatre, Lee Lyric Theatre, Renaissance Theatre, and Independent Musical Productions.

  • Blake Nix --> Click HERE for bio info

     

    Blake Nix ( bnix@thefretshop.com ) — Bass Fundamentals

    Blake Nix is a Huntsville, AL-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and instructor.  He has performed nationally and internationally, and enjoys many styles of music.  Blake was exposed to music at an early age by his mother, a classically-trained pianist with previous experience as an instructor and choir director, and his father, a self-taught folk guitar player.  Blake himself has been playing the guitar and bass for most of his life, and he has over 25 years of experience as a private music instructor.  Blake welcomes students of all ages and experience levels, teaching them the fundamentals of music theory that provide a foundation for many styles.  Blake’s teaching style encourages composition and improvisation as a means to understand music and musical expression.

    For more information on Blake, visit his website at: BlakeNix.org

  • Steve Weber --> Click HERE for bio info

     

    Steve Weber ( sweber@thefretshop.com ) — Bass Fundamentals

    Steve Weber moved from Massachusetts to Huntsville in 1973, and has performed with many popular acts based in the North Alabama area including: the Nite Owls, Ground Level Sound and the Valley Cats.  In 2001, he became involved in the church ministry (and currently still is), performing at services and concerts, as well as appearing on three of their recorded cd’s.  Then in 2002, he branched out into solo performance playing at showcases and writer’s nights, as well as releasing his own recordings of Americana/Pop-flavored Folk Rock originals.

    Steve studied Bass for a semester at the Berklee College Of Music, and has been teaching bass and guitar at The Fret Shop since 1985, thus providing income to further his musical pursuits while keeping up-to-date on the ever-evolving trends in music.  For more information on Steve and his music, visit: Jango.com