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Rahul Menon

Before I go into the statutory testimonial side of things, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jason andPrakash for one of the most amazing musical learning experiences I’ve had since I picked up the instrument.

I’ve been playing the bass guitar on and off for about 5 years now, and for the past 2 years I had been stuck at an ABSOLUTE musical plateau – my theory had stagnated, my ear for music wasn’t getting any better and my ‘practice’ sessions were restricted to a few finger exercises and some bass licks. Worst of all, I could feel my pasion for the instrument dying.

When I heard of NSM and the 10 week program, it was an opportunity not to be passed off. I signed up, thinking I’d atleast play my instrument a bit more by the end of the course.

This is where Prakash came in – in my very first session, fundamental mistakes were corrected. By the end of the course, I had learnt more theory than I had in 5 years! Be it scales, chord formations, arppegios, tapping, slapping, soloing, ghost notes and some fabulous right hand techniques to name a few. In just ten weeks, I felt an improvement in my playing that I hadnt been able to achieve over years. I am now more confident as a bass player and musician, and very importantly as a bassist, feel sure I can hold down a groove fairly well!

As if it wasnt enough for me to feel the change myself, other musicians have been complimenting on my playing and say they’ve noticed a radical improvement in all aspects of my playing – whether speed, sense of rhythm and groove, ability to play to different genres, locking in with a drummer and general musical awareness. For those of you who still arent convinced, I’ve been asked to play with a couple of bands and have been put in touch with many musicians to jam and get something going!

I’d recommend NSM hands down to a beginner on any instrument as well as to someone who has playing experience but wants to push themselves to a different level.

Cheers and thanks to Jason Zacharaiah and Prakash KN.

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