Finn Baulch – the backstory.
I started playing when I was 10 years old and I was 16 when I learned that music was the ultimate outlet. My guitar has been my best friend who has never left me and it has enriched every aspect of my life.
Now as an adult I feel it is my duty to share the knowledge, to inspire others to play, especially those who are having a rough time. When I guide the musical passion in those who have had an uphill battle, I go to bed feeling like a hero. Teaching others a skill and a passion that they can carry into their lives the way I have provides them with a stability and drive that can help them through every aspect of their lives.
For many years I have felt like teaching musical skills and understanding is why I am on this earth. I am really interested in bringing my passion and positive outlook into the teaching environment and work closely with the students and faculty to enrich the lives of the people I work with.
Finn has been playing guitar since he was ten years old and was teaching guitar and bass by the time he was seventeen. Since 2007, he has taught students of all ages and abilities and seeks to inspire every one of them. In 2011 he completed an Associates Degree from JMC, which enabled him to start teaching at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School in Sydney, where he saw four years of year 12 students through their exams. Finn specialises in teaching extended range instruments as well as the convential instruments (4/5/6/7/8 string bass, 6/7/8/9/10 string guitar). In 2012, Finn started Sonic Fingerprint Studios, which has been teaching students privately and through ICON music in Sydney, and until 2014 operated a studio recording Sydney’s finest underground bands. In 2014 and 2015 he played bass for signed Sydney band Exekute (Grindhead Records). In 2015 he decided to travel overseas to Spain to study flamenco guitar at Carmen de las Cuevas in Granada.
He integrated the techniques he learned in those sixty lessons into his personal bass style which has resulted in three CDs of solo bass with accompanying sheet music books. When he got back to Australia, he decided to move from Sydney to Melbourne. He plays in the Melbourne music scene as the Solo Bass Guy, performing his unique blend of flamenco and classical guitar style mixed with funk and two handed bass tapping. Currently, Finn works in Made in Melbourne, a dual bass focused four piece band featuring ex-Superheist bass player Drew Dedman (Wayne Jones Audio), and freelances as a session bass player. Throughout his career he has been involved in many projects, but teaching is his main passion. He is always developing lessons that are engaging to all learning types focusing on understanding based learning as opposed to testing. Students are asked to set their own goals for their lessons, and the lesson plans are developed to complete the goals.