Patrick Lyons

Electric / Upright Bass

Patrick’s passion for music is the driving force in his performance and teaching. He is known for his exceptional versatility on double bass and bass guitar frequently performing and teaching classical, jazz, pop/rock, gypsy/world, avant garde, Australian Art music and electronic dance music.

Coming from very humble beginnings, Patrick grew up in a non-musical family and shocked his parents when he decided to play bass guitar. His formative years were spent studying with private tutors and developing his skills in composition, improvisation, audio production,  electronic music and playing across Australian in rock & pop bands. At the age of 18 he bought a double bass and decided to take lessons with ex-mso players to focus on classical pedagogy while playing in multiple orchestras. He was accepted into the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University and was awarded a scholarship on classical double bass where he studied with the ‘big names’ in the industry.

His performance skills are wide as he has toured as a rock bass guitarist across Australia playing major festivals, live radio and on the corporate scene. His research at Monash University last year covered reverse engineering electronic music to bass guitar. He has a keen interest in pushing the boundaries of bass guitar beyond it’s traditional capabilities with new methods of improvisation and playing. He is currently the in-house jazz bassist for the Australian Tap Dance Festival and has freelanced in orchestras, sinfonias, chamber groups and solo across Melbourne for the past 5 years. He is passionate about new Australian Art music and has worked with composers to premiere new pieces at Melbourne and Monash University.  His bass playing and composition can be heard on 20 publicly released albums from slam poetry to gospel, folk, world music and orchestral. He has also worked as a composer and developed audio for independent games and apps. 

As an educator, Patrick has taught hundreds of students at varying levels and implemented new course content for VCE music that was approved by VCAA. He has guided numerous students through VCE/AMEB/Trinity/ANZCA and into university studies with consistently high results. 

He started his own teaching business in 2011 that has expanded across Melbourne (www.melbournebasslessons.com) and is developing online workshops for bass guitar.

He prides himself on building strong musicianship, creativity and life-long learning values in his students with positive and modern teaching methods. His teaching style is described as a'modest, yet passionate style; full of encouragement and genuine joy’.

“Patrick Lyons is one amazing bassist. Not just in terms of the musicality and professionalism that he brings to his work but also his personhood and character.”

(Joel McKerrow- Performance Poet – http://joelmckerrow.com)