Hi! I'm Ryan Madora

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About me: Bass Player, Writer, Educator
Known for: Robben Ford, Bobby Bones, Bass Player Magazine
Experience: 15 years
Starting at: $60
Base Cost: $2/min

Full Profile:

Ryan Madora is a Nashville-based producer, writer, educator, and bass player. Currently on the road with guitar virtuoso Robben Ford, she is also the musical director for country icon Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots. Since moving to Nashville in 2012, she has backed up artists including Brooks and Dunn, Hanson, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, and Garth Brooks and has appeared on three seasons of the television show, “Nashville.”

Bringing eclecticism, groove, and musical intention to every gig, she is frequently called upon in the studio and can be heard on records with Robben Ford, Lamont Dozier, Kyshona Armstrong, and her own instrumental trio, The Interludes.

An educator at heart, Ryan teaches and writes monthly columns for Bass Player Magazine and No Treble. In 2019, she published her first book, Bass Players To Know: Learning From The Greats which has received rave reviews from Bass Player Magazine. Ryan also has an online learning channel with TrueFire and is currently accepting new private students.

Location: Nashville, TN
Composition Instrumental Music Business and Law Songwriting

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  • Open Ended Conversation


    Don’t know where to start or have multiple questions or topics you’ll like to discuss? Don’t worry about it, our expert has Open Ended Conversations so you can take as much time and go as in depth as you need so you can become your very best.

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  • What Does It Mean To Be A "Musical Director?"


    While some "MDs" know how to diagnose an illness or write a prescription, the term "MD" in the musical world means that you're responsible for a lot more than just showing up to play the gig. We'll discuss what these responsibilities involve, why you should get paid more for taking on this role, and how to communicate with the people you're working with.

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  • Playing Feedback


    I'll listen to an example that you send me beforehand and will come up with a meaningful assessment of your playing. My goal is to provide you with appropriate and thoughtful feedback so that you can continue working and creating great music.

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  • Bass Gear


    Discuss professional gear and how the right equipment impacts your ability to play at home, in the studio, or on a gig. Topics: basses, amps, pedals, studio gear, in-ear monitors, etc.

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  • Should I Go To Music School?


    Discuss the positives and negatives of going to college for music. Topics include: the variety of programs available, what you get with a playing degree vs. a business degree, and what you can expect after graduating.

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  • Learning How To Practice


    Discuss tips, accountability, metronome strategies, improvising, and ways to manage your time so that you can get the most out of your practice session.

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  • Surviving A Jam Session


    Pro tips for surviving a jam session! Learn the do's and don'ts of sitting in with people, networking, and playing mystery songs with strangers.

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  • Nashville Number System


    We'll discuss how the Nashville Number System works, why it's useful for learning and communicating musical ideas, and why it's widely used in session work.

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  • How To Be A Working Bass Player


    Discuss networking, repertoire, professionalism, gear, and the tools of the trade for being a working bass player.

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