Kevin Mccloskey - Guitar Teacher
- Teaches: String, Electric and Fretless Bass, Classical and Acoustic Guitar
- Influences: Roscoe Beck, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clark
- Catch Kevin Performing with: The Fairlane Brother, Bad Dog, The Robin Boers Trio
30 years of professional playing, 25 years of studio sessions, 10 years of teaching has brought Kevin to the Ontario College of Percussion and Music. And we are proud to offer bass and guitar lessons with this seasoned and creative performer.
The Creative Spark
Kevin Mccloskey has been successfully teaching bass to beginner and advanced musicians since 2001. In his travels, Kevin has taught in Trenton, Ontario, in Alberta, and now he brings his experiences in teaching guitar and bass here in Toronto, at the Ontario College of Percussion and Music. He has explored far ranging styles, beyond rock and country, past blues and jazz, and he has incorporated the roots of African and swing styles into his playing, along the way developing impressive finger technique. In your lessons with Kevin, you will draw on his experiences as you learn songs, mastering new techniques, and explore the bounds of creative bass playing.
Alongside this impressive list of performance credits, Martin has received accolades for his own recorded works, including a nomination for his jazz/blues album "So Far" at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. Martin's work on the Johnny Max Band album "A Lesson I've Learned", a mixture of Muscle Shoals and New Orleans type grooves, earned the band a nomination for the 2008 Juno Awards and nominations for Songwriter and Producer of the year at the 2008 Maple Blues awards.
A Man for All Strings
Composition on it's own is a unique skill and a gift, one that Kevin demonstrates here in the video Anything with Strings Attached. However, the ability to execute a composition and truly do it justice is what sets him apart. The nuances of playing each instrument, beginning with the excellent intonation on the fretless bass, solid groove on the electric bass, warm and tonality on the upright bass, and dexterity and articulation on the acoustic guitar are only overshadowed by his brilliant improvisation, again, on the fretless bass.
Sure He Can Play. But Can He Teach?
Kevin's warmth and unassuming manner put his students at ease in the lesson studio. He excudes a passion for bass, guitar and music in general, inspiring his students with confidence in their instrument and in themselves. With clear communication and instruction, he continues to guide his students to better bass and guitar playing, a clear understanding of performing on these instruments, and the place of these instruments in contemporary music.