James Porter


  • An electric and upright bass player since the age of 11
  • Member of the Locust Street Taxi


James Porter is a former writer for ThoughtCo specializing in bass guitar tutorials, music lessons, and the basics of guitar playing. Porter has worked as a freelance journalist for local publications in Washington state since 2010, covering topics related to music, including reviews of area band performances and guides on playing guitar. 

Porter has been playing bass since the age of 11 in a variety of settings and styles, from string orchestras to jazz bands to pop quartets. Currently, you can see him wielding the bass guitar around Washington state with the band Locust Street Taxi.



James Porter received a Bachelor Science (B.S.) in Computer Science from the Evergreen State College in 2008.

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