Laurence Canty obituary

My father, Laurence Canty, who has died aged 74, was a bass guitarist who became a bass guitar teacher, both as a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and as a private tutor in his north London flat, where he instructed future talents including Colin Greenwood, the bass player of Radiohead, and Yolanda Charles, who has played with musicians such as Paul Weller and Mick Jagger.

He also wrote an instructional book, Electric Bass Guitar – A Complete Guide (1978), which many bassists around the world, including George Anderson of Shakatak and Dave Swift of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, have acknowledged as an influence on their playing.

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