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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers Near South San Francisco

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Swen H.

Oakland, CA
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Thomas K.

San Francisco, CA
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Mark B. Castro Valley, CA

I custom build a lesson plan for each individual student's needs and goals.

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques. I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978. I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, ...

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Marc M. December 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Everything a music teacher should be

My worst nightmare was that taking guitar lessons as an adult would be similar to my forced and short-lived piano lessons as a youth. Mark quickly set my fears aside the first lesson by outlining what I would need to learn to reach my goals. He is very adaptive to the student based on music preferences and skill progression. Each week we focus on progressively harder songs.

Aside from guitar knowledge and teaching skills, Mark is also very flexible around your schedule. He really makes an effort to communicate and to reschedule when needed.

I'd recommend Mark to anyone looking for guitar lessons. I feel lucky to have found Mark as a teacher.
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Mike E. November 12, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Very good teacher

Helps you out when in need doesn't get frustrated . Will take the time to teach you how to play rather than to assign you something and except for you to understand. Very good teacher
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Christian H. April 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Mark is an outstanding teacher - Highly Recommended

I contacted take lessons in hopes to better my soloing abilities and improve upon my theory. Mark Banning is the real deal. The man can play like no other and is undeniably knowledgeable in the realm of guitar. I have been playing since elementary and was once taught by Mark. It's great to have stumbled upon his profile on the take lessons site to be reunited with such an awesome teacher.

Teaching Skill:
-Extremely knowledgeable in countless styles of guitar
-A varied and highly organized curriculum that keeps things interesting
-I have applied everything that Mark has shown me thus far.

Professionalism:
-Apart from his goofy delivery of information it is clear that Mark has a professional side to him as well. Don't get me wrong. The guy is hilarious.
-Mark tracks every player's status in a binder so he knows exactly where they left off. I can feel and see my progression after every lesson.
-Mark will motivate you. He is not there to simply collect funds. The man genuinely cares about your playing ability.

Communication
-The information is always clear
-Allows time for questions each lesson
-Responds accurately

Reliability:
-I have only needed to reschedule once with Mark because he had a gig down south.

Teaching environment:
-In-house studio with a number of amps/guitars to choose from

Get lessons from Mark Banning. You WONT regret it.
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!

Thomas K. San Francisco, CA

Teaching and playing bass brings a joy different from guitar. It is quite easy to understand fundamentals of music theory and rhythm on that particular instrument. In lessons I stress how it is physically easy to play leaving all the hard work to be done on rhythm and feel. FEEL THE FUNK

About Thomas

I've been teaching for over 10 years and I have never had more fun with it. I studied classical guitar for ten years earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in music. During my formal education I not only learned music theory, music history, ensemble playing, and composing, but more importantly I learned how to REALLY learn new things. This ability I try to pass on to my students.I love sharing the things I've learned from all of my various experiences whether it be from my classical guitar background or from one of my various pop/rock bands. I am a working musician and I still learn new things every time I go out to play. It could be classical music at weddings, Jazz at clubs, or Rock and Roll at rowdy venues. There's a lesson to be learned from each.   *** Lesson Details *** ...

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Tom D. November 27, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Absolutely perfect!

Tom is truly a great teacher. He has tailored his approach to my unique needs-as an accomplished musician learning his 6th instrument, his teaching approach reminds me of things I ought to remember while playing any instrument, and music in general. And my lessons are tons of fun! He has a great knowledge of all the different approaches to the guitar and other stringed instruments which really fits in to what I am most interested in- how to get a particular sound for any given piece of music for the guitar. I'm extremely happy about having found tom to be my teacher.
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Tessa L. September 25, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher for my 7yr old!

Thomas is great with my 7-year old son. He has been extremely patient with him. He balances out the session with teaching and getting to know him at the same time. He does not rush through the lesson and makes him feel at ease with the guitar. He was only practicing with Thomas for a year and built enough courage and experience playing the guitar that he performed at his school's end-of-the-year talent show and did an amazing job thanks to Thomas! I was impressed!
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Nivedita N. January 20, 2013
Verified Student
Enjoyable lessons, gives you the chance to learn tips you wouldn't find online

Thomas is a friendly and perceptive teacher- he tailors his classes to suit the needs of individual students really well. He did a great job encouraging me to develop a feeling for the instrument and helped me understand errors in a logical way.

Judy G.

San Mateo, CA
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Richard M.

San Francisco, CA
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Alan L.

Oakland, CA
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Judy G. San Mateo, CA

Beginning electric bass guitar.

About Judy

Greetings Groovy Guitar Student! Thanks for checking out my lessons. My name is Judy G., aka Groovy Judy. I'm a guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. I've been playing guitar for 35+ and teaching private and group lessons for 10 years. I have also taught ukelele, some voice, and electric bass. ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.*** I work with a lot of kids (as well as adults) and beginners. I'm extremely patient, and I enjoy getting brand new guitarists up and running with proper techniques and good habits. My teaching style/philosophy is to get my students playing guitar as soon as possible in an easy and fun way. I focus on basics ...

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Alesa Q. November 15, 2013
Guitar
Best Guitar Teacher Evah!!!!

My 9yo son has been taking lessons from Judy since he was a young 6. Judy is patient and keeps the lessons fun and will adjust music to the child's interests. He knows the ins & outs of a guitar, can read sheet music, pick or strum a song, has great rhythm & loves guitar all thanks to Judy!!!!!
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Alka K. November 14, 2013
Guitar
Highly recommend Judy!

Our daughters have been taking private guitar lessons with Judy for the past year. They both really enjoy working with Judy and have made great improvements in their skills.

It was really important for us to work towards a goal of having the kids perform at a community function. Judy worked with us to write the music of a traditional Indian song and helped the girls learn the chords and melody to be able to play together skillfully.

Judy has been very flexible with our home lesson timings, working around the kids' school and sports schedules. She knows the bands/artists they like and always brings them music that they would want to learn and play from these artists. She makes learning fun and has a great way of interacting with the kids.
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Judy G. November 13, 2013
Guitar
Groovy Judy is a great guitar teacher :-)

she's great, patient, fun to work with. Highly rec
Richard M. San Francisco, CA

I love to teach bass guitar in a straight forward easy and effective manner. I will explain technique's and musical concepts through the vehicle of songs and bass lines.

About Richard

My Teaching: I love to teach music to all ages, and have taught hundreds of students in the last 15 years. What you can expect from me is a clear, patient, and understanding teacher who is able to able to meet you where you are on your musical journey, and assist you to expand your knowledge and mastery of the instrument, usually having a lot of fun along the way. I am very comfortable even with teens who know what they want to learn, as well as absolute beginners and kids who need %100 guidance in there practice. I really enjoy students who come to me with some experience and want to learn songs that they love. I enjoy teaching music theory as well as reading, but do not require it. I am an expert at teaching classic Rock and funk, Jazz Standards, Blues and Pop. From the Chili ...

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Bob M. October 21, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Richard demonstrates an exceptional knowledge of music theory given his diverse background with instruments. This competency is backed with a calm disposition and mindful approach to the student. He can freestyle the lesson by going on deep dives into subject material &/or techniques but always will pause to ensure the path is of mutual interest, which is very helpful for a student who lacks the big picture.
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ChrisB March 22, 2011
Learn to feel as well as read the music

I had a good foundation in reading music, keeping the beat, and playing steadily through mistakes. In three lessons, Richard has built on that foundation by teaching me to relax and feel the music as well as mechanically read it. I'm learning new chords and strum patterns while having more fun with my practicing.
Alan L. Oakland, CA

The bass is the bridge and the glue between the melody instruments (guitars, vocals, keys) and the rhythm (drums). Learn how to groove along to your favorite songs, and how to make your playing interesting and melodic while keeping the rhythm solid.

About Alan

Hi! My name is Alan. I'm a 24 year old guitar teacher living in Northern California. I recently graduated from New York University's prestigious Gallatin School. I studied and majored in music and it's role in building communities. I have been living and breathing music since I was 13 years old - I've played in many ensembles, taught many students, and listened to way too much music. I love sharing new music with people, and I especially love giving people the ability to play music.

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Jeannie T. September 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
I cannot even begin to explain how much of an impact Alan had on not only my guitar playing ability, but also my approach to music and life in general. His free spirit is infectious and made learning a joy. I worked with him for a year and a half when I first moved to NY for school, and ended our experience with a confidence and skill level I had not previously thought possible. Before our lessons I never had success with music; I had a tendency to get frustrated with myself and quit very easily. He taught me that playing an instrument is not something that needs to be perfect. Even during our first sessions just learning the basics he showed that music comes from the heart and any mistakes aren't wrong, they are a sign of growth and sound beautiful in their own right. Although I am so sad that he left New York, I am also joyful that he can bring his music and teaching ability to the Bay Area. I can't recommend him enough! Five-year-old, eighty-year-old, anyone, he will bring a sense of musical freedom and joy to your life.
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Joseph L. September 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
Hired Alan to teach my son Mark how to play the guitar. I played when I was younger, but definitely not well enough to teach! Alan was patient, energetic, and downright fun! Mark was never bored and engaged with the material Alan presented. The lessons were well balanced between necessary essentials, theory, and introducing mark to great new music (as well as teaching him the music that he already enjoys).

Though Alan has sadly moved away from New York now, Mark is still playing daily, in no small part due to Alan's influence! He has improved greatly and I am thankful for Alan's inspiring instruction!

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