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Double Bass Lessons

Mike is a string bassist, originally from Rochester, NY, but currently living in New Orleans, LA.  In the spring of 2009, Mike completed an associate’s degree in music at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where he studied both electric and string bass with Syracuse Symphony bassist Darryl Pugh.  Mike received the Music Curriculum Honor’s Award for the academic year 2008-2009. 

Since graduating, Mike has performed with jazz combos throughout upstate New York.  Additionally, he has worked with the Geneva Theatre Guild, playing bass in Little Shop of Horrors (2008) and RENT (2010).  In February of 2009 Mike began playing with the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra.  In the summer of 2009, he began studying with world-renowned jazz bassist Phil Flanigan. Mike also has experience playing with acoustic/bluegrass groups at numerous festivals and venues throughout Upstate New York. 

After moving to New Orleans in November 2010, Mike has had the opportunity to play with international artists Rising Appalachia, as well as Nasimiyu, Andre Mouton Jazz Trio, David Mahoney, Felix Wohlleben, Al Zander, Brad Walker, the Tanglers, and many other musicians in the New Orleans area.  Mike has also recently joined the newly formed classical chamber group Harmoniemusik New Orleans

With a background in jazz and classical, Mike also has a passion for Latin, Funk, Rock, and various folk music, and is willing to go wherever his musical heart takes him.   See a sample lesson of Mike's here.


Set up lessons with Mike at [email protected]



Set up lessons with Mike at [email protected]

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Acting lessons are offered for private and group classes.

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Student gives guitar teacher, David Putnam, an electric guitar!

When I have a student get excited about our lessons it really makes me happy inside to know that I can bring other people joy, especially, through music! I've had many tips given to me from my students over the years as a thank you to me for all they have learned from our lessons. I've received gifts that have ranged from money to books and more and I am so grateful for all. Just recently, I was given a guitar as a thank you from one of my jazz guitar students, Matthias. How cool is that?! (it's the cream guitar on the right).

Check out Matthias' band, Indyus. His music will definitely get you going!

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Scale Practice in the Mornings with David

Looking to practice your scales, arps, and/or sight reading?  Practice guitar with our teacher, David, every morning Monday through Friday at 10AM.  If you'd like to meet earlier that can be arranged, too.  This is not a lesson, but a practice session.  $10 if you pay-as-you-go or $40 if you meet everyday of the week.  All stringed instrumentalists are welcome!



Are you a business that would like your ad to be seen by thousands daily?  Contact David for details.  We can also design ads for you or your business.

Free Coffee & WiFi For You!

We know how it can be to be a parent or spouse waiting for your child or loved one to take a lesson.  For your comfort, David, offers free Starbucks coffee and free WiFi at his music studio so that you can relax with your iPad or laptop while you wait.  For $2 you can get a fresh vege and/or fruit juice to help you think more clearly during your lesson. For the mom's that are waiting for their children to take a lesson we also offer mini ice cream for those that would like to indulge for only $2.  What's your favorite ice cream?