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Popular Online Bass Guitar Teachers

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA
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Justine D.

San Diego, CA
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Mark S.

Las Vegas, NV
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Alexander A. Tacoma, WA

My name is Alex. Bass is my primary instrument - I love playing bass! I also love to teach it. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I also have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in a variety of styles including rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

What I can do for you…

As a bassist, my primary concern is with your technique. I will show you proven strategies to help you play with power, control, and minimal effort. These principals set the foundations from which all world-class players ...

About Alexander

First and foremost, I am a bassist and a composer. I have composed and performed in genres including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Hard Rock, Punk, Folk, Swing, Big Band, Small Ensemble, and Orchestral. I have also spent many years studying guitar, piano, and drums.

I have been playing bass and guitar since 1996. In 2000 I went to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied upright bass and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Film Scoring. At Berklee I learned the fine art of composition, advanced jazz theory, and classical harmony.

I truly love teaching music. I will be your biggest advocate and demonstrate constant support for your musical endeavors. I have unyielding patience and will always focus on your success.

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Cole M. May 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have had 3 lessons with Alexander so far and I have 2 more left. I'm still up in the air whether I will continue lessons with him or not. Here's why;

Sustains: Professional and Knowledgeable; Alexander definitely knows what he's talking about. I've noticed major improvements since I've started working with him. Keep in mind, I practice a lot on my own, but Alexander provides you with the tools and materials you need to continue growing in the fastest way possible. He doesn't have a teaching method set in stone. He tailors each lesson to benefit the student based on where he or she is skill-wise. Alexander observes you closely while you play and offers you advice and solutions to specific problems when he notices you struggling. Some of my issues are solved immediately.

Improves: Alexander lacks, in my opinion, a very important virtue that I believe all teachers should possess. A passion to teach you. You forget this when you are sitting with him in his studio, but the realization comes back and hits you when the clock hits 30 minutes exact and he says, "And that's all we have time for." Let me be very clear, -I'm receiving what a paid for-, so I'm not upset. I just think a teacher should invest in a student's growth and their commitment to the student shouldn't be based solely on what they make out of it financially. Unfortunately, I know that if the money ever stops coming in our lessons will end immediately. Once again, I can't complain or be upset. I paid for a service and I'm receiving it.

This was made clear to me again last week when I had to cancel a lesson.
The teachers need a 24-hour notice for cancellations which is fair and understandable. However, I didn't know this at the time so when I cancelled he only had about 4 hours notice. His initial response was that, "He understood but TakeLessons will charge you for the lesson anyway. Let me know if you still want to meet." After texting him back explaining my problem with that, he went ahead and ensured I wasn't charged. Let me repeat, -In the end he did help me-, but if I hadn't said anything he would've let TakeLessons charge me.

Conclusion: 4 stars. I paid for a service and I'm receiving it well. Alexander's talent for teaching really shines when you listen to his advice, act on it, and notice yourself improving. Understand that improvement comes from practicing on your own time, but Alexander will provide you with everything you need to expedite your growth.
Remember, however, this is a business. If they stop profiting from you don't expect any leniency.
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jeff T. May 24, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a good experience with Alex. He has a very thoughtful approach and is very knowledgeable. I think he is a great teacher and would fully recommend him.
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Nira D. November 27, 2013
Upright Bass
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Along with being incredibly knowledgeable, Alex has the patience and communication skills that really make him excel as a teacher. As a complete beginner to the upright bass (and music in general), I find Alex breaks concepts down in a clear, step-by-step fashion, so that it is not overwhelming. He also gives useful tips on how to be a better learner when tackling challenges, which helps make my personal practice even more effective. Alex is approachable and eager to answer questions even in between classes - I highly recommend him as teacher!
Justine D. San Diego, CA

I have been playing bass guitar for 16 years and have experience with jazz (big band and combo), pit orchestra, folk, pop, and rock settings. Our first lesson will begin with a quick assessment of your musical background, experience with the instrument, and your musical goals. Your next lessons will build on that foundation to support the goals you want to achieve.

Whether it's starting a band with friends, getting stronger on technique, or learning how to play in a new style or genre, we'll work together to reach your goals!

About Justine

I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Salina M. October 31, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I had apprehension about an ON line guitar class, however I live very remotely in the mountains of CO and finding a teacher to work with wasn't easy...FORTUNATELY, that was the case, because I found Justine! She is knowledgable, is very tuned into MY pace, and has the flexibility I need with my unpredictable scheduling needs. I can now pick up the guitar and play a tune and sing along, and am learning more and more each time. I can't say enough about her!
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Maria E. September 6, 2014
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Justine was great; she was patient and informative. My daughter enjoyed her first online lesson and looks forward to more.
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jorge V. June 21, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
"EXCELLENT"
Justine is extremely patient and great at breaking down the process for beginners I appreciate the work she is doing with my 10 year old Daughter. I highly recommend Justine!
Mark S. Las Vegas, NV

I've been playing electric bass for over 35 years and teaching for over 30, using the proven CAGED system, and my own innovations/contributions to the system.

About Mark

I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, ...

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Scott A. February 26, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher

Mark is a musical genius in my opinion. His patience level is far beyond any teachers in any learning environment I have encountered. He is very connected with my progress and puts 100 percent into every session with me. I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with Mark and appreciate his time and knowledge he shares with me in a craft he is very passionate about. Fantastic straight forward honest individual. Won't find a better teacher in my opinion!
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Kelly K. June 6, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
great teacher

Mark is a great teacher and is easy to work with. I have been a musician for many years(different)instrument and Mark has made it easy to make the transition from drums to guitar.

Rock on
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Gregg N. September 27, 2012
Verified Student
Great Teacher, Great Teaching Methods, I Highly Recommend Mark

Mark S. is a great teacher that understands his students and knows exactly what to teach based on the students ability and goals. He is patient and encouraging. I have learned a lot in a short time.

Swen H.

Oakland, CA
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Jordan M.

San Diego, CA
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Felipe G.

San Antonio, TX
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Swen H. Oakland, CA

I teach electric bass and upright bass. Bass is my main instrument that I studied through college (jazz studies) and the instrument that I mainly gig professionally on in various bands and ensembles. I can teach brand new beginners the basics of playing bass and playing music, as well as work with intermediate and advanced students on playing in bands, creating your own bass parts, improvising, writing music, and more!

About Swen

Hello! I am Swen, a musician, producer/engineer, and songwriter. I gig professionally around the Bay Area in various bands and jazz groups. I mainly gig on bass (upright and electric), but I now play drums in a garage rock/surf rock band. In addition to bass and drums, I also play and teach piano and guitar, as well as music recording/producing/engineering and music software. I can travel to your location to teach, or you can come take lessons at my studio in Oakland. Feel free to contact me to discuss your musical goals!

Jordan M. San Diego, CA

-Over 5 years of teaching experience
-Lessons include ear training, rhythm work, performance techniques, and a personalized tune list, in addition to common bass practices.

About Jordan

Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.

Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the ...

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douglas C. November 14, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
My son has been going to Jordan now for well over a year and has advanced so much with his instruction. Jordan is a kind and patient teacher who has a vast knowledge in many different instruments and I highly recommend him to all students and parents who want to improve there understanding and play of music.
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Rodney G. November 12, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Both my boys took lessons with Jordan over the summer (sax and trumpet) and they loved it! They both talked about him all week leading up to the next lesson and what they were going to learn next. So far they have both flourished in their band classes this school year! I can't say enough, he's a great teacher!
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Scott R. November 7, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
INSPIRATION!!! I have been now, taking lessons from Jordan for 6 months. Each time I leave my finish with him, I am disappointed that I have run out of time. I've extended my lesson time, and it never is enough. As I depart, I am excited and inspired to continue on to do better than the last time. Three days after my lesson, I find myself counting the days to my next lesson.

Jordan has my highest recommendation for leadership, and education. A fine instructor, and an enjoyable inspiration. He will not disappoint.
Felipe G. San Antonio, TX

Bass is the foundation of every band as well as its unsung hero. I can help you be the best bass player you can be! Lessons are based on Hal Leonard publications such as Bass Method books 1, 2, & 3, Building Walking Bass Lines, and Bass Aerobics.

About Felipe

Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Felipe Garcia and I am a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist. I began teaching music in 2010 and have loved it ever since. I believe learning to play music can be fun and easy and I work hard to make sure your experience with music is one that will inspire you to play for the rest of your life, for as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake.”

My experience with music began long ago when I begged my parents to buy me a drumset and they finally gave in and bought me one when I was 14. Prior to that, I had no real experience with music except as a listener. I taught myself how to play by playing along with CDs of my favorite bands and eventually I felt like the drums wasn’t enough, so I ...

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Ruth V. November 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Felipe has such a wonderful talent in teaching music to those who seek musical enlightenment. Felipe specializes in finding the method that works best for your learning environment. With Felipe, the learning will never stop!
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Noemi N. October 29, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Felipe is a great teacher! He is patient and very knowledgeable. He makes it fun in a relaxing setting. I'm grateful to be his student. I thought at my age (40's) it would be intimidating, but Felipe makes you feel comfortable and confident that anything is possible. So if you have considered learning to play guitar or other instruments...just do it! And call Felipe!
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Mark S. August 26, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Felipe was fantastic!
He took me from being a complete novice, to doing a live performance in front of 50 people, in about 4 months.
Highly recommend!!

About Bass Guitar

One of the most constructive activities young people can engage in is to learn how to play a musical instrument. If rock, blues or jazz music are your style, bass guitar lessons are a great choice. Although guitar or drums tend to the most popular options, bass is a cool instrument because it helps to keep the rhythm going in the music with its low end rumble.

As you begin to learn bass guitar, you’ll notice that it is not a difficult musical instrument to learn. After a few months of bass guitar lessons with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher, you should be able to play certain riffs or even full songs by ear. You’ll also find your senses heightened as a result of your instruction and ongoing practice sessions.

Based on how you’re progressing, our bass guitar teachers can ...

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