Welcome to Zoltan's Bass Lounge

A whole online learning experience focused on music to improve your bass knowledge and technique. There are a range or courses and lessons where you're able to work at your own pace in an informal setting, taught by Zoltan Dekany, an internationally renowned real world teacher and performer.

Teaching

Zoltan has taught as principle lecturer at Leeds College of Music since 2001. He has also taught at Jeff Berlin's PlayerSchool of music and as a teaching assistant at California Institute of the Arts.

He has helped many professional players in their careers such as Chris Hargreaves (Benny Greb, Submotion Orchestra), Geoff Chalmers (Discover Double Bass), Sam Vicary (The Cinematic Orchestra), Dan Ezard (Gabrielle) and many more.

Zoltan is also passionate to teach people with an interest in music and bass who wish to progress and keep learning.

Performing

In Los Angeles Zoltan has performed with the guitarist Rick Zunigar (Stevie Wonder), Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden Quartet West), Brandon Fields (Dave Weckl Band).

And in the UK with the BBC Big Band, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Sinfonietta, the Elaine Paige band and numerous West End shows (including Legally Blonde, Shrek, The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Hamilton and Only Fools and Horses).

Education

Double bass with Ferenc Homoki at the Zoltan Kodaly Music School.

Classical double bass with Ilona Vadasz at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and with Thomas Martin in the UK.

Jazz double bass with Wayne Darling at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz Austria and with Charlie Haden and Darek Oleskiewicz at the California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles.

Electric bass with Jeff Berlin and Alfonso Johnson at the California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles.

Private studies with Arnie Egilsson (Principal Bassist of the Paramount Film Studios Orchestra), Putter Smith and the late Dave Carpenter in Los Angeles. 

Our aim

Learning music is a long process, in many cases a life long pursuit. I have been on this journey for more then 3 decades, playing professionally since my early twenties and teaching over 30 years.

In all this time I have experienced music from its many angles, different styles from orchestral to small jazz combos, big bands, chamber music groups, shows in London’s West End and pop artists with players from around the globe.

Having had and continuing with these experiences I can say the main thing that glues us together and allows us to make music is the knowledge of the elements of music: harmony, melody, rhythm, form and the technique to execute them. We all need to build these elements from the ground up to understand the bigger picture.

As Principle Lecturer at the Leeds College of Music, I know it is very important to accept that there are no shortcuts in music. However there is the joy of steady growth by learning and understanding musical content. At Zoltan's Bass Lounge we are committed to deliver these elements of music to you so you can become the bass player you aspire to be and confidently take part in a musical community. We wish you the best of success on your journey.

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