Picture of Bass Guitar lessons in Marina del Rey, CA

Bass Guitar Lessons
in Marina del Rey.
Amazing Teachers.

Flexible & affordable bass guitar lessons.
In person or online

Search For Your Teacher

Bass Guitar Lessons.
It's your Time.

Get Started

A Better Way to Learn

Stay motivated and see faster results with TakeLessons!

Why TakeLessons
Icon-expert

Expert Instructors

We'll match you with the perfect teacher, wherever you are.

Icon-personalized

Personalized Lessons

Your style. Your pace. Feel like a star with custom plans designed for you.

Icon-guarantee

100% Guaranteed

We're here to make sure you're thrilled. Can you feel the love?

Meet Your Match

These Bass Guitar teachers are highly rated by students in the Marina del Rey area, including Arcadia, Fullerton, Cerritos, Whittier and Camarillo.

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA 91607

(6)

Private Bass Guitar Teacher
About Jennifer

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and p

erformance savvy.
She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
More

Reviews
August 25, 2016
Rik K.
just what the doctor ordered; if the doctor is -
dr. john or dr. wu or doctor doctor give me the news. treatment with melodic bed side manners. jennifer cures the funk & the blues!
January 7, 2016
Keira M.
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
September 30, 2015
Avery G.
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.

View Details

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA

(6)

Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

(6)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Bass Guitar Teacher

I have played bass guitar for 40 years, in the studios and in live gigs.

About Dr. Norman

Norman is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).

Norman’s compositions and arrangeme

nts have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Norman has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
More

Reviews
August 3, 2016
Dennis Z.
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
January 14, 2016
Caleb G.
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
October 14, 2015
Tomas
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA

(6)

Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401

(4)

Private Bass Guitar Teacher

Electric and upright

About Ray

Hello!

My name is Ray, I'm 31 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for approximately 16 years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it remaining a very important part of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy.

*** Lesson Details ***
My music lessons are unique for three main reasons:

1. I h

ave a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to listen to, study, and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy, for example, learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
More

Reviews
May 31, 2016
Maximus
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
December 21, 2015
Eden H.
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
March 28, 2014
Kelly B.
Major Improvement

My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.

View Details

Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA

(4)

Robert S.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(2)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Bass Guitar Teacher
About Robert

It is my experience that no matter what kind of music you end up playing a solid classical piano background is invaluable. I was privately trained in classical piano from the ages 5 - 17 in Los Angeles, California. My teachers were Mary Brady, Mae Gilbert Reese and Jeane Weiss. I graduated from Harvard High School and then graduated from UCLA with BA in art. I am a Los Angeles based artist and composer. Recently I was nominated Best Music Director of the year by the L.A. Weekly for my work on 'Head the Musical' at the Met Theater Los Angeles in 2010. I am currently mounting an opera I wrote at the Met Theater. I have been teaching private piano lessons to students ages 8 to adult for the last six years.

My experience as a musical director has honed my skills as a good communicator and teacher. I know how to get people trained an

d motivated to perform on stage with confidence no matter what their skill level.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on reading, technique and basic music theory. I always start my lessons with scales and exercises. This develops good technique and primes the student for music theory. The rest of the lesson is focused on reading and performance. I expose students to different classical composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Once they have mastered a few pieces, students are then encouraged to study the composers they enjoy the most. It is important for students to enjoy the music that they are learning as I expect them to practice everyday.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have a piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano
More

Reviews
September 8, 2016
Tennessee O.
Really enjoyable lesson. Very pleased.
June 26, 2013
Moriya B.
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.

I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Robert S.

Santa Monica, CA

(2)

Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA 90042

(3)

Private Bass Guitar Teacher

For those who want to groove.

Time, tone, voice-leading,and melody!
These are the four components to great bass playing.
I like to focus on learning how to be a great bass player by working through technique and learning great bass parts from recordings.
As students progress we can work on how to write your own bass lessons, and get into more advanced but crucial subjects, such as voice leading.

About Marcus

I love playing music, and I've spent my whole life doing it. I am very passionate about sharing my love and deep knowledge of music with others.
Let's figure out how you can express your self and learn a great skill through the language of music!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar.

Long Version:
Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertwined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. Marcus received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz

Bass from California Institute of the Arts. At Cal Arts Marcus had the honor of studying under world renowned jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera, and Larry Koonse. He has also studied classical contrabass with Peter Rofe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and participated in the Cal Arts orchestra under the direction of renowned contemporary violinist Mark Menzies. Marcus has had an extensive and eclectic professional performing career, performing in touring rock bands, contemporary jazz ensembles, jazz big bands, salsa bands, musical pit orchestras, and american folk and country bands. He currently performs around Los Angels in multiple bands in addition to freelance work. Marcus began teaching private lessons and ensemble coaching in 2010. He has taught ages 6-adult at schools, community centers, and music studios.
More

Reviews
September 8, 2015
Mark Achuff
Marcus is a great player and good listener on my questions. It's joy to collaborate with Marcus on projects.
September 30, 2014
Diana R.
I am so thankful to have found Marcus as my bass instructor; he is the exact type of teacher I was looking for. His training and love for music were evident upon first meeting him. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons. He is a very patient and passionate teacher.
June 17, 2013
Tyler W.
All around wonderful teacher

Marcus is quite the gifted teacher. By far the best I've had the pleasure to aspire under. He is very easy to understand, and doesn't overwhelm you, taking time on the little things (the most important). He creates an atmosphere that is encouraging to learn in. We all know those teachers that create a stressful environment that inhibits progressive learning, as well as frustration in yourself. Marcus is certainly the opposite. He is also quite easy to communicate with--Creating lesson plans, setting goals, etc... In summation, a professional and a friend I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

View Details

Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA

(3)

Benjamin E.

Los Angeles, CA 90034

(10)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Bass Guitar Teacher

I am currently the bassist for LA based band Moonshine Wonderland and I enjoy sitting down to riff out a cool bass line. If you want to learn your favorite song or you want some advice on a writing a groovy bass part for an original, I'm here to help.

About Benjamin

Hello aspiring guitarists! My name is Ben. I am a musician hailing from Central Ohio seeking to share my knowledge of the guitar and music theory with anyone and everyone eager to learn. I have taught guitar lessons for the last five years and I have taken guitar lessons myself for the past 12 years. In 2012 I attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio on a scholarship for classical guitar. Following my time at Capital I lived in Columbus writing music and playing guitar for several local groups while also teaching private guitar lessons. I currently gig as a guitarist and bass player in several Los Angeles based bands and I recently finished my first solo EP, which I recorded independently from my own home studio. My teaching style is very adaptive and fluid, focusing on the individual needs and goals of my students. From learning you

r favorite songs on the guitar to mastering your major and minor scales, together we will both strive to become the best guitarist we can be.
More

Reviews
May 21, 2019
Alejandro G.
Ben is great!!!
March 26, 2019
Matt
Ben is a great partner in pushing you on your journey toward better guitar playing. He knows theory and proper technique for those looking to improve their skills, and yet he also loves the classics that will get new players strumming and hearing sounds they recognize faster than they would learning from a youtube video. His knowledge, patience and kind disposition (not to mention his punctuality) make him a guitar teacher you want to stay with for years!
March 19, 2019
Shea-Leigh
I would highly recommend Ben. He showed up on time, is very knowledgable, courteous, is a great teacher and very engaging. My daughter enjoyed the lesson, and most importantly, is looking forward to practicing what she learned.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Benjamin E.

Los Angeles, CA

(10)

Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(3)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Bass Guitar Teacher

The Bass is probably my second favorite instrument to play, you really can control the groove and the song along with the drums. Lessons include technique, scales and patterns, holding down the groove, forming the song around you, playing more than the root note, and playing the song.

About Eric

MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w

hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric
More

Reviews
July 4, 2019
Amelia
Excellent teacher
May 11, 2019
Brinton
Eric is super nice, helpful, and the best part is he didn't laugh too hard when he heard me sing on the recording we were working with! He always works at my pace and is super easy to communicate with. Thanks brother!
January 15, 2018
Dalton A.
1st lesson went perfectly!

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA

(3)

VIK M.

Reseda, CA 91335

(2)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Bass Guitar Teacher

35+ Years of experience in live music performance, recording and production, education/instruction, clinician, product R&D

Aside from Rock, Pop, Top 40, R&B, Funk and Jazz, I specialize in ethnic /folk styles of Armenian, Assyrian, Arabic, Greek, Persian/Iranian, Turkish, Kurdish and Fusion of Ethnic/Pop/Jazz/Rock/R&B.

About VIK

35+ Years of experience in live music performance, recording and production, education/instruction, clinician, product R&D .
Previous teaching positions include Musician’s Institute (MI / BIT) in Hollywood CA , Yamaha School of Music in Encino CA and AGBU school in Canoga Park CA.
Multiple endorsements with high end/high profile musical equipment manufacturers such as Gallien-Krueger, Peterson Tuners, Bartolini pickup and electronics, MTD guitars (previously Tobias guitars), Moollon guitars, Surine basses, Ibanez, La Bella strings, Asterope, Fodera, Walter Woods amps, Bergantino audio systems, Ararat Music Inc.

More

Reviews
October 24, 2018
Lucy
Hired Vik to give ongoing bass lessons to my 10 year old, I couldn’t be happier !!!
October 23, 2018
Gary
Exceeded my expectations ! Very knowledgeable, professional and patient ! Highly recommended for all student levels.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
VIK M.

Reseda, CA

(2)
Showing 10 of 200+ results View More
How it works

Students love our teachers

The reviews are in. We've got the best in the business.

Bass Guitar Reviews

Denine
"You will never find a better bass teacher

Joel is a great teacher. He has patience, keeps on track, gives good feedback, and knows all kinds of music. He
has taught me bass, and vocals. I am a lead in my school musical and I owe it all to what he has taught me! I would recommend Joel for anyone who wants to learn about music. He is a very good, reliable, professional... all the stuff you look for in a teacher."
...
Carey
"So far I'm learning quite a bit from Devin!"
Christopher
"Kimberly is a very patient teacher as I begin to learn the bass. I highly recommend her."
Jesse
"Matt is awesome, He is passionate about music and it shows in his teachings. He creates a comfortable environment and is very patient so learning comes na
turally. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who is serious about seeing results."
...
Dana
"Kyle is awesome. Does a great job of breaking things down into understandable pieces. Appreciate his patience as well."
Patrick
"Very knowledgeable and engaged, delivering the content I needed at a level that made sense to me."
Carey
"Five stars, he was great!"
Landon
"Very professional and talented musician! My son is really enjoying his lessons with Aldrin."
Gary
"Exceeded my expectations ! Very knowledgeable, professional and patient ! Highly recommended for all student levels."

New Student Special:
Get Started Today and Save!

Up To $165 off

Shop the Sale

Expires: October 18th. Select teachers only.

How it works

How It Works

Ready to learn how to play bass guitar? There's nothing to stop you! Connecting with the best teachers is easy, convenient and fun.

Icon-match

1. Match

We'll help you find the perfect bass guitar teacher.

Icon-meet

2. Meet

Book your lesson package, connect in person or online.

Icon-master

3. Master

Learning opens doors to a new world. Start your journey!

Play-button
Online Learning

LESS TIME IN TRAFFIC.

MORE TIME TO LEARN.

Most Marina del Rey teachers offer online lessons. Relax and focus on learning.

The value of a lifetime

45
min
  • $0
  • $20
  • $40
  • $60
  • $80
  • $100

Average cost of online bass guitar lessons: $44

Start Your Search

Actual cost depends on location, teacher and lesson packages.

Popular Bass Guitar Articles from our Blog

10 Problems Only Bass Players Will Understand

By Megan L.

Don't let anyone tell you the bass is easier than a regular guitar just because it has less strings! Bass guitar teacher Kevin S. shares the unique challenges you face as you learn bass guitar... 1) Capos are Misleading Any bassist who has regularly played with a guitarist who uses a capo has discovered that this simple tool can be confusing to deal with at first. This is a where good transposing skills come in handy, especially if the guitarist is referring to the chords they are play …

More