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Thank you for visiting! I'm the guy who wrote the book "Bass Guitar For Dummies" and a few more in the hopes of contributing to the lives of bassists everywhere. Please visit my website at Peace, Love and Low Frequencies!

About Patrick Pfeiffer

Patrick Pfeiffer is a professional bassist, composer, clinician and bass educator in New York City. He earned his bachelors degree in music from Arizona State University, and his masters degree in jazz studies (with distinction) from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with famed bassist Miroslav Vitous. Pfeiffers solo CD Fruits and Nuts (recorded with his group Phoenix) earned stellar reviews and a recommendation from Bass Player Magazine. Besides performing and recording, Pfeiffer teaches bass guitar at the renowned Katie Agresta Studio in New York City and gives clinics on rhythm section playing for bassists and drummers throughout the US. He is co-founder of Bass Immersion Day and conducts clinics and performs alongside such luminaries as Will Lee, John Patitucci, Gerald Veasley, Bakithi Kumalo and many more.

His former students include Adam Clayton of U2, Jean-Louis Locas of Cirque du Soleil, Mark Wike of the Bogmen and Alec Such of Bon Jovi. Other former clients include Red Ant Records, Polygram and Arista Records.

Pfeiffer has played and/or recorded with George Clinton, Jimmy Norman,Phoebe Snow, Slam Steward, Paul Griffin, Bernard Purdie, Babatunde Olatunji, Sheila Jordan, George Russell, Margaret Whiting, Joe LoVano, Carlos Alomar, Hernan Romero, the Marvelettes, the KMA Allstars and the Gary Corwin All Stars, to name a few. In 2008 Pfeiffer was featured artist and adjudicator in the Jazz On The Great Plains festival in South Dakota and in March of 2012 Pfeiffer was one of the featured performers and clinicians at Gerald Veasley's famous Bass Boot Camp. His latest project, a concept CD named Soul of the City is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation of the Arts.

He wrote the international best-selling Bass Guitar for Dummies (first and second edition) for the famous For Dummies series, as well as the bass workbook Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies (all three published by Wiley & Sons), Improve Your Groove-The Ultimate Guide For Bass (published by Hal Leonard) and Daily Grooves for Bass (published by Carl Fischer Music).

Pfeiffer is endorsed by the elite bass companies MTD and Fodera. In 2011 Fodera honored Pfeiffer with a "Pfeiffer Signature" 6-string fretless electric bass.

Musical Influences

  • Jaco Pastorius, Alain Caron
  • Paul McCartney, Joe Osborn
  • James Jamerson, Francis Rocco Prestia

Favorite Recordings

  • "Jaco Pastorius" - Jaco Pastorius
  • "Rhythm & Jazz" - Alain Caron
  • "Hitsville USA" - Motown