Steve Lawson - ARTIST

Teach Me Music Academy

Saturday 2nd April

Tone and Technique. How to match your gear to the Sound ‘in your head’

So often we talk about gear and technique in totally separate conversations, but changes in our pedals and basses often require a shift in how we play to get the best out of them. Solo bassist Steve Lawson, renowned for the dazzling around of sounds he can extract from a bass and a pile of pedals, talks us through some ways to think about the overlap between tone and technique.

 Sunday 3rd April

Getting started with melody and chords

As bassists, our job is often to hold down a groove, to play steadily with great time and lock in with a drummer. But what happens when the music asks for something else? What do we do then? Steve Lawson offers some advice to broadening your skill set with chords and melody playing.


Described by Bass Player Magazine as “without a doubt the most free-thinking solo bass player ever to emerge from this country”, Steve Lawson is a composer, improvisor, writer and academic based in Birmingham. He has released over 100 solo and collaborative albums on his own non-existent label, toured extensively across Europe and the US, lectures in numerous colleges and universities, is close to finishing a PhD looking at the role of the audience in his music, and writes the beginner tuitional column for Bass Player Magazine. 

No less a luminary than Victor Wooten once commented “Steve Lawson is a brilliant musician. I’ve known about him and listened to him for many years. He may not be one of the most famous bassists but he is definitely one of the most talented” – who are we to argue?