Reader Spotlight: Leandro Ferreira
Meet Leandro Ferreira, who was originally a drummer but says that once he decided how difficult it would be to become a good musician, he decided to switch to his first love: the bass.
Leandro is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next). Here’s his story…
Leandro Ferreira is a bassist and music teacher who lives in São Paulo. As a typical Brazilian citizen, throughout the years he became versatile while listening to plenty of native songs and what they had to offer, as well as studying all other influences around the world… His first degree was in Physical Education, but at the same time on his 20s he joined a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band. This step just changed his life completely and hit him so deeply that the next natural move was to get into a Music College in order to learn how to read music properly and to improve his theory and harmony skills. So he did it. After this, when he was 26, it was clear to him that it was the right time to leave his regular job as a teacher and give more space to the music in his life. Then he said yes to a job offer to be an instructor in an online music lessons company, being a full-time musician, balancing his available time between the duties in the company and playing in several music projects. He has been regularly posting well-commented content for bass players as part of his personal musical puzzle and you can take a look at this job on Instagram and his Youtube Channel. His YouTube classes in Portuguese are already over 7 million views summing up his two personal channels and the company channel he works for.
São Paulo, Brazil
Why I play the bass:
My first instrument was drums, but when I realized that it took a lot of effort to be a good musician, I decided to enjoy this journey with my first love, the bass, because that was the instrument that used to make me want to dance.
- Music Man Sting Ray 5 (2001)
- Fender Pbass Japan Reissue 62 (1994)
- Borne amplifiers
- Zoom Multi effects
Brazilian Bass players like Jamil Joanes, Marcelo Mariano, Dudinha Lima, and Serginho Carvalho, but also the greatest from abroad like Flea, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Stuart Zender, Paul Turner, and Francis Hylton.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
I am stubborn! In music, if you’re not a persistent fighter, you don’t get anything. I am a dreamer. I know my difficulties and I try to work every day on them.
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