Al James

A Passionate Inspring Teacher & Performer


For the last twenty six years I have divided my time between playing and teaching

Music Tuition / Teaching

Over 19 years in colleges and schools.

I teach students with a wide range of ages, abilities and social backgrounds.

I have been involved with outreach projects in and around Scotland.

My experience has led me to teach on a one-to-one basis, in small groups and larger-scale workshops.


(Electric Bass Guitar / Double Bass)

Over the years I've been a highly active performer / working musician.

I have performed with Orchestras, Chamber Groups, Jazz Ensembles, Function / Ceilidh Bands & Pit Orchestras,

I have also have been involved in Studio Recording Sessions & Edinburgh Festival productions,

My Own Studies

I studied Double Bass in Edinburgh with John Steer and Adrian Bornet (Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and was taught in the classical tradition covering orchestral repertoire and music for solo Double Bass.

In addition I achieved an A.L.C.M. and studied composition with John McLeod before moving to Manchester in 1991 where I studied Double Bass for five years at the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) 

I was fortunate to have had additional tuition with Dave Hassell, Mike Hall, and Stan Barker before returning to Edinburgh to attend Edinburgh University where I completed a Masters Degree.

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Useful Links

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