Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Areas of Instruction
Bass Guitar, Guitar, String Bass, Jazz Improvisation
Joshua began his career in music at age 7, when he started taking viola lessons. He hated it, and promptly quit.
The following year, he started taking alto saxophone lessons, which he loved. Josh continued to play alto and tenor saxophone until 10th grade, when he switched to the bass clarinet (and its granddad, the contra-bass clarinet). He even played tuba for a year in 12th grade!
Josh came to his current instrument at age 14. Having previously taken guitar lessons and failed, he decided to take up electric bass when the only bass player in his small hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ moved to upstate NY. Thinking, "There's only four strings, I can play that!", Josh convinced his mother to buy him a used Charvel 4-string for his 8th grade graduation. He took lessons for a few months, then decided to strike out on his own. Discovering the music of Primus and Metallica at age 16 opened new doors, and Josh knew at that moment that he would grow up to be a professional bassist. He took over the bass slot in his high school jazz band, joined the orchestra to learn the double bass, attended the National Guitar Workshop for several summers (eventually becoming a full-time faculty member!) and was accepted to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.