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Teachers at the Old Town School

John Abbey

Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Styles - Alt Country, Rock, Jazz, Motown, R&B, Blues

Techniques - Funk Bass, Slap Bass (Electric), Core Guitar Techniques

Chord changes are universal and the harmonic motion used are virtually the same from style to style. The rhythm of the motion is one of things that differentiates one style from the other. John likes to look at songs with "basic" chords and look for ways to make them more "interesting.”

John has been fortunate to gig, tour and/or record with: (partial discography) John Cale, Hubert Sumlin, Robbie Fulks, Ray Davies, The Sons of the Never Wrong, David Poe, Carolyne Mas, Amy Rigby, Daniel Lanois, Aster Aweke, T Bone Burnett, Dog's Eye View, Amy Speace, Block, Giant Sand...

He’s engineered and/or produced records for (partial discography): The Old Town School-Songbook Series Vol. 1-4, Emily Hurd, Amy Speace, Shelley Miller, Mark Dvorak, Eddie Holstein, Jonas Friddle and the Majority, Funeral Bonzai Wedding, Dolly Varden, Robbie Fulks, and TJ Swan.

Get in touch with John at jabbey@oldtownschool.org.

Education: SUNY Old Westbury - Studied with Ken McIntyre, Jack Jeffers, Jimmy Owens, and Warren Smith

Started at the Old Town School in March of 2002