Freddie Draper | Bass Tutor | ICMP London

At home both with the electric bass and acoustic double bass, Freddie Draper is an accomplished session musician, orchestrator, and instrument builder. His intimate knowledge of his instruments and advanced technical expertise give Freddie a unique insight into instrumental pedagogy.

After graduating from ICMP with a first class honours degree and ‘Best Bass’ award to his name, Freddie joined the teaching faculty in 2014. As a professional session player, he has been privileged to work with seasoned producers such as Bruce Woolley (The Buggles, Will Young, Grace Jones), Ray Stiles (Mud, The Hollies), and Mick Jones (The Clash, B.A.D.), and has recently played with acts including Fjokra, Gareth Gates, John Own Jones, Louise Dearman, Ejem Ugzor, The Glass Child and Lazy Habits. Freddie has toured internationally and performs on the major U.K. summer festival circuit, including appearances at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festival.

When off the road, Freddie is particularly passionate about instrument design and contemporary music technology. He is constantly finding new ways to utilise effects pedals and peripherals with his basses. He has constructed several of his own instruments, and works closely as a product developer for British acoustic bass company Gillett Guitars. He is proud to endorse Musicman Basses, Darkglass Electronics and Tech 21 pedals.

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Shake rooms and arenas with your Bass

As a bassist, you’ll know that mastering the four-string is harder than it looks – but at ICMP, we’ve been training the best for over three decades. You’ll get to lock in with a faculty of top-class tutors, learning not only the secrets behind a great groove and performance, but also the business, music theory, production, marketing and additional skills you’ll need to get noticed. As an ICMP student, you’ll also join a community of new collaborators, friends, and industry contacts – and access our amazing rehearsal rooms, gear, masterclasses, industry events, and recording studios.

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