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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers Near Chicago

Alfred S.

Winfield, IL
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL
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Mike R.

Chicago, IL
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Alfred S. Winfield, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Upright Bass

About Me

I play professionally, I have over 43 years of music experience I started at a very early age enjoying music, i have played recitals at the high school level on cello. I have been a featured soloist on the 4,5,6,string electric bass as well as the acoustic double bass, I have a CD out that show cases the genres of music that i have experience in. I am very passionate about teaching and instructing my students to acquire a love for music that will inspire them on to greater achievements in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Basic Alfred music publications that are well suited for beginners to advance students details in music theory ,chord progressions,modal,progressions,circle of 5ths,inversion of piano chords,intervals,triads, sight reading on the treble,and bass clef finger positioning on the fret board correct posture and hand placement when seated at the piano.etc

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement studio: music stands, chairs, basses, keyboard (88 keys and weighted), tenor saxophone,guitars, 24 track recording console additional seating for parents. ,

wellness center: private room, music stands, keyboard (88 keys and weighted). waiting area for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano/keyboard or whatever instrument that is needed for that lesson.

*** Specialties ***
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Paul W. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am also a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.

Mike R. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Having started my performance career playing drums and guitar for Bay Area organization, Bandworks, I made a permanent switch to bass in my early teenage years. I studied drama at Interlochen Center For the Arts and was in Piedmont High School’s advanced theater program before pursuing music full-time. I've lived in Chicago for the better part of six years now, originally having moved out here to attend Columbia College's music program. During my academic career , I was affiliated with a slew of collegiate jazz ensembles and had the opportunity to study under musicians the likes of Christian McBride, Kevin Eubanks, Joan Osborne, Charlie Sexton, Peter Erskine, Fernando Jones, Chuck Webb, New York Voices, and many more. I also got to play the Chicago Blues Festival twice and open for BB King in Mississippi. I received my BA in Instrumental Performance last year. Since graduation, I've gotten to play the CMJ festival in New York City and tour cities like Nashville and San Francisco. Currently, my affiliated musical projects include hip-hop trio Treehouse and indie rock band Lee.

Essentially, music is my life. It's what I do. I couldn't be more thrilled to pass on this skill set and help create more musicians. Each lesson is a learning experience for both teacher and student. I think it's important to recognize the mutual benefit.

I'm a friendly, patient, and empathetic person and I don't intend on making you learn things that you don't want to learn. However, I like to push my students slightly out of their comfort zone. That's how we make progress!

*** Lesson Details ***
The structure of each lesson will be contingent upon the type of music that you like, the style of learning best suited to you, and your personal goals for learning an instrument. In general, I don't teach out of a book, and the "curriculum" will be established as we go along. Elements of basic music theory will be incorporated as tools for understanding what you're playing, but the primary focus will be applying the instrument to real songs. Rhythm, groove, and feel are elements of music that are extremely important, and will definitely be integrated into each lesson.

Ideally, after a few months, you'll have an arsenal of songs under your belt, and have a good enough understanding of your instrument to be able to improvise and maybe even learn songs by ear. However, this is not a race! Playing an instrument is a skill/craft/art that will benefit your mind and body for the rest of your life, and I would be honored to help make that happen.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes speakers, amps, teachers own guitar, bass guitars, and seating. No pets. Parking on any street except Crystal St. after 6pm.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide the instrument for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in electric bass guitar. I'm based in rock n' roll, although I can do hip-hop, funk, soul, r&b, and just about any style of music with a bass line. I make sure the student understands the functionality of the bass within music, and how it relates to the other instruments in the band. Depending on the level of musicianship, I delve into both chordal structure and groove. This ensures that the student understands bass on a harmonic and rhythmic level.

David B.

Chicago, IL
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Daniel K.

Chicago, IL
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Blake C.

Lowell, IN
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David B. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Originally from Indiana, David has been teaching music in both the private and public school sectors for 12 years. Getting his start as a drumline instructor with only 4 students, David soon expanded his teaching to include both guitar and piano, which he studied under Frank Puzzulo (of Miles Davis' group) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Upon graduating Ball State, David moved to Colorado to study jazz and classical music with Dr. Douglas Walter, an accomplished percussionist who is known for his versatility and multiple percussion talents. He also studied piano and guitar in his off time, jamming with several rock and jazz groups both in and out of school.

In 2006, David left the college scene with a Masters in Music and moved to Florida where he began his teaching career. In Florida, David taught roughly 70 students, ages 5 to 18, at Wewahitchka High School and Middle School. He was beloved by the town, helping out in the community as a local organist for the Presbyterian Church and as a frequent contributor to Wednesday night worship.

As wonderful as this time was, David gave up the gators and swamps to move back home to Indiana in 2007. Here, he took a job at Kokomo High School and Maple Crest Middle school where he resumed teaching students from 5th graders to seniors in all areas of music, including wind, strings/guitar and percussion. David established the first ever "rock and roll" class at the high school in 2008, a program that started with only 5 students and has ballooned to 38 in this current year! The class consisted of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, all of which David can teach at a professional level.

Most recently, David graduated with his second Masters in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. He studied primarily with professor Ron Perillo, unquestionably the most innovative piano player in Chicago and with Bob Palmieri, a gifted guitarist. Having now graduated, David is devoting himself full time to teaching private students and looks very much forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Although David has a laid back personality and approach to life, he takes his job very seriously. He prides himself in not being the kind of teacher who is there simply to entertain and hope the student learns something in the process. Though you will most certainly have a good time, you should only take from him if you really want to become a great musician/player. Having been a highly qualified public school teacher for 5 years, David has more experience than most private teachers you can find. He knows what it takes to achieve greatness and he knows that most students, in the end, respect that more than a half hour "jam session."

David will tailor his curriculum to each student. Every student is expected to have a notebook with staff paper and a pencil at their lesson. Students will also be assigned a book to purchase (in some cases more than one) and he/she will progress through it at a pace appropriate to his or her level.

More than anything, what you will see in David's lessons is his love for music and teaching music. It is truly a special thing to be gifted in this art, and he believes that anyone who is willing to put in the time, the effort and the dedication needed will be rewarded and enriched in the end.

David is also available for online lessons via Skype! He loves taking advantage of this modern technology in his lessons and is happy to take on new students in this format.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a fully weighted digital piano, electronic keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, flute and various percussion equipment in a room completely devoted to music. Can accommodate seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar/bass, but any drum lessons or piano lessons would require the student to have the necessary instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and rock guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. Piano lessons are taught on a wonderful, fully weighted 88 key keyboard. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.

*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
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Daniel K. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Dance, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass

About Me

Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.

Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.

The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.

Blake C. Lowell, IN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

My name is Blake C. and I teach any style of guitar music, but specialize in Classical and Rock Guitar techniques.  

I have been playing guitar for more than 30 years and am a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 232-278 and National Association for Music Education.  I have more than 20 years professional performance, session work, and instruction.

I was awarded the President's Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois in 1990 and was awarded a full tuition scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the Chicago Musical College in 1991.  

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry.  I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed.

I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

I have participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with Hubert Kappel, Dale Kavanagh, Eleftheria Kotzia, Bruce Holzman, Stephen Aron, Raphaella Smits, Richard Provost, Nicholas Goluses, and William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student.  I specialize in developing and correcting technique in technique to improve the student's overall guitar skill.

Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see results rapidly.  However, if you have a busy life and are just wanting to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I design the lessons to develop you at your desired pace. 

I teach guitar to children as young as five years old and adults of any age.    When teaching younger children, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available.  Having the parent(s) attend the lesson aids in guiding the younger student while practicing during the week at home.  The overall musical development and progress of the younger students improves drastically with the involvement of the parent(s).  All lesson materials, ranging from individual sheet music to complete method books, are provided by me; except for the guitar.

Musical talent is a wonderful gift, but correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction.  Your skill level eventually plateaus and your ability to learn and perform more difficult guitar music is inhibited, unless you have a solid foundation based on musical knowledge and proper guitar technique.  I can help you begin building a solid foundation of musical and technical guitar skills.  I will guide you through the initial development of guitar skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.  

*** Studio Equipment ***
GUITARS: Gibson, Charvel, Fender, Peavey, Cordoba, Guild, Takamine, Yamaha

GUITAR AMPS: Roland, Behringer, Egnater, Line 6, Peavey, Fender

MICS: Mojave Audio MA-300, Audio Technica 4033, CAD Audio e3002, Studio Projects C1, Rode NT-1A, Yamaha MZ203, Audio Technica ATR55, Shure SM57, Sennheiser e835

OUTBOARDGEAR: Universal Audio LA-610 MkII (channel strip), JDK Audio R20 (dual channel mic pre), JDK Audio R22 (dual channel compressor), JDK Audio R24 (dual channel 4 band EQ), Studio Projects VTB1, Audio Logic MT66, ART Tube Levelar, ART Tube MP Studio, Behringer Ultra-Voice

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar X2 & X3 Producer, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Celemony Melodyne Editor, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums 4.0 Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune EFX2, AspireAntares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat evo, WAVES Waverider, CLA Artist & Kramer Signature, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5 w/multiple packs

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar technique in conjunction with rock, jazz, and blues guitar.

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