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Steven B.

24 Reviews
Alameda, CA
Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • AA Music Theory from Laney College
  • Teaches students 7 to 65
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Steven B.

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I have been teaching electric bass guitar since 1982, and will show you techniques to improve your finger strength and dexterity, music theory and how it applies to bass, and ear training so you'll be able to play equally as well whether you have music in front of you or not.

About Steven

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams! About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music f

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Debora H.
Wonderful first lesson with Steven. Steven shows a real interest in teaching. My success is his sucess. I learned a lot at the first lesson. He’s very knowledgeable, informative and has an easy going and fun teaching style. Looking forward to future lessons!
Sue M.
Great. He’s very talented I’m excited to begin working with him.
Lavernne
I've been taking lessons from Steven for I think two years now and he's helped me so much not only in reading music but also in ear training and in my song writing. He's incredibly patient and fun to work with. He also has a really nice cat.
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Mark B.

29 Reviews
Castro Valley, CA
Starting at $40
  • No degree from University Of The Pacific
  • Awarded King Of The Blues from Guitar Center
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Mark B.

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About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. Now I am a bandleader and perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started taking guitar lessons a

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Amit Dubey
Mark is a great instructor. Chill dude and lots of fun to work with. Loads of musical knowledge, and a ton on handy tips. If you ask nicely, he'll even teach you to play the uke behind your back or with your teeth.
Serena C.
Mark is an awesome instructor who makes learning the ukulele fun. I feel like I've already learned so much in the 7 classes I've taken. He is patient, creative, and easy to learn from.
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Mirco M.

2 Reviews
Alameda, CA
Starting at $32
  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Upright bass from Italian Conservatory Bruno Maderna
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Mirco M.

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I moved to Alameda from Imola, near Bologna in Italy. I am an experienced and highly skilled bass guitar and upright bass teacher with in-depth knowledge of music theory and a knack for inspiring students. My thorough musical training includes a diploma from a classical Italian conservatory and numerous master classes and workshops.
In Italy I taught more than 100 students raging in age from seven to sixty years old for over 10 years. My bass guitar teaching curriculum includes rock, pop, blues, jazz, funk, Latin jazz and reggae. I have extensive experience teaching modern styles, for example slap and tap. My upright bass teaching subjects include both classical and modern techniques using both the bow and pizzicato. I have expert knowledge of music theory, harmony and composition.
I am really friendly and easy to get along with and talk to. Lessons with me are always fun and inspirational!

About Mirco

I am a bass and upright bass player and musical arranger from Bologna, Italy and currently live in Alameda, California. I began studying bass guitar at the age of fourteen in Imola, Italy with renowned teacher Pierluigi Mingotti. I have played in many tribute, cover, and local rock bands and have ad

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Sarah
Mirco is such an incredible teacher. My 15 year old son's confidence, and not just in playing the bass, has increased so much since starting lessons with Mirco a few months ago. His skills improve weekly, he looks forward to practicing playing everyday and he can't wait for his lessons. Mirco chooses awesome songs for them to play and assigns appropriate exercises. The lessons are a pure joy to listen to. I highly recommend Mirco as a teacher!
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Tim M.

11 Reviews
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  • Awarded Hall of Fame - Instrumental from Manchester Arts
  • Bachelor of Music: Classical Guitar Performance from Hartt School - University of Hartford
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Tim M.

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Classical fingerstyle lends itself well to teaching bass.

About Tim

I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I

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Cullen
I have been a student of Tim’s for a little over a year now. I started playing guitar at age 52 and when I started with Tim I was very close to giving up or settling on just being able to strum a few chords. I have had many hand injuries in the past that have resulted in arthritis and lack of dexterity in my wrists and some of my fingers and I started doubting I would ever be able to progress in my ability to play. From the very first lesson where I told Tim about my hand issues and my frustrations, he told me he was sure we could work around any physical limitations I had, and he was right. Tim has been able to work with me on alternative ways to play the chords I was having trouble with and has shown me that these alternate techniques along with the bit of music theory he sprinkles into lessons can really expand my ability to play.

In the time I have been studying with Tim, I have done more than I thought I ever could. I went from a frustrated beginner guitar player to having enough confidence to play on stage with some of Tim’s other students and I am now looking forward to what I will be able to do on the guitar instead of being frustrated with what I can’t do.

Tim is a talented and passionate musician as well as a knowledgeable and very relatable instructor which is a rare combination and he's also a really great guy and any student of any age or ability will benefit from studying with him.
Sam
Tim is an excellent guitar teacher and an overall great guy. He provided me with structure and support, enabling me to make the most out of my practice and ultimately progress as a player. His warm personality and contagious enthusiasm for music kept me looking forward to our time together each week. He was also very flexible when it came to scheduling to accommodate for my dynamic schedule.
Brad
Tim is an excellent teacher, providing excellent advice, practice techniques, and insights. He makes learning and improving easy and enjoyable.
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Gordon L.

27 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Associate of Arts Degree from Mesabi Range Community College
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Gordon L.

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About Gordon

Gordon L. began playing music at a very early age but didn't begin to learn the saxophone until he was in fifth grade. Gordon's interest in music grew when he began to work sound systems for bluegrass bands and eventually he started to experiment more with music. Soon after he would pick up gu

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Nylah C.
It was a good first experience. But had a few technical issues with the internet.
Joshua K.
I'm afraid I don't really know what to say, except that he has a pleasant manner and seemed to give me the good information to start with. It's only my first lesson
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Miguel S.

13 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Miguel S.

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I can teach basic and intermediate Bass Guitar in any styles and how to use the bass to play with a band.

About Miguel

Hello! I'm Miguel, I have been playing the guitar since I was eleven years old and have not stopped since. I specialize in rock, blues, funk and acoustic guitar but I enjoy all sorts of music and playing as many styles as I can find. I graduated from Berklee College of Music and I also play Bass Gui

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Elizabeth Johnson
Miguel is a great instructor. Graduated from Berklee, he has guided me to improve my composition skills with professionalism.I look forward to keep taking lessons and learning from him!
Juan Carlos
Excellent guitar player. Trained at Berklee, he has a profound knowledge of music theory and knows how to play any style of music. He truly improved my musicianship and my confidence on the guitar. I even had the pleasure of playing with him at some concerts. As always, he was very professional and his skills were unbelievable. I would recommend him to any guitar player who wants to improve. Thank you Mike!
Sophia Flores
Miguel is a wonderful instructor who has helped me to practice the basic chords. I look forward to keep taking classes from him in the future :)

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"Greg is awesome !! Delivers instruction in a calm and clear manner. Sends notes promptly. Friendly instructor. I look forward to his every class. Thank you Greg !!"
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Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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"My son said, "he lets me be me and I'm totally excited to take leasons""
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Took Bass Guitar lessons from Collin D.
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"Eric's an incredible teacher. In just a few lessons, he opened my mind to what it means to be a great bass player and helped me accomplish my goal of thinking about music theory in more advanced ways. He's able to really hone in on and fix some of the issues in my playing in ways i couldn't think of. I whole-heartedly recommend Eric as a teacher!"
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Took Bass Guitar lessons from Eric J.
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"I got a lot more out of the lesson than I anticipated. Great teacher. Looking forward to becoming a better bass player with his knowledge and expertise."
Ken
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Damien S.
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"Robert has been great to work with. He comes to our home weekly to work on bass guitar with our daughter. She has come so far in only a few months. They work on all aspect of the music- theory, finger placement, drills, and they pick some really fun music. He has let my daughter pick several songs she really likes so that she stays engaged. Meeting time been flexible which is a huge bonus! So much easier on all of us! Thanks Robert!"
Kathy
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Robert M.
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"It’s obvious that Greg enjoys the guitar and teaching others how to play. He understands your level of experience and teaches at your speed."
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Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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"Paul is an amazing instructor. He is very personable, very easy to talk to, and really knows his stuff. We practiced a lot of different styles and jammed often. I would 100% recommend."
Blake
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Paul W.
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"As a music instructor myself, I recognize Mr. Borkovski as an incredibly passionate and skillful musician and a bass guitar instructor to my 13-year-old son.
He recognizes and respects every child's personality and needs, and tries to find ways to approach every student to achieve maximum results.
Mr. Borkovski carries with him the idea that children can be successful in making music if given the foundation on which to begin. Therefore, he is very patient and meticulous in teaching every technique. He also expects his students to follow his instructions while practicing at home for greater results. Mr. Borkovki is very personable, friendly, with a great sense of humor. My son likes his personality and looks forward to his guitar lessons every week. In addition to building a sense of understanding and trust with his students, Mr. Borkovski embraces the parents of his students and values them as allies in their children’s musical education.

Angela S., a mom of a 13-year-old student of Mr. Borkovki."
Angela
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Vladislav B.
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"Great teacher! Marcelo has been teaching me for the past 2 months and the progress I had during this time was bigger then I had with any other teacher before, highly recommended."
Sarah
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Marcelo M.
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"Very friendly, Got to know my son and what his interests were for playing Bass as well as what he already had learned. Asked the direction of his music and what he liked. Gave him some basic things to start the juices of music flowing. 2nd lesson was amazing because Kyle started applying what he taught my son as well as jamming with drum beats and guitar to give my son a real feel to playing and learning to apply what he was taught."
Izzy
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Kyle K.
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Bass Guitar Lessons in San Francisco

The bass guitar is an incredibly versatile instrument that directs the style of a song. Without the unique sound of the bass guitar, there would be no funk or jazz. A bassist is an instrumental role in any band - and after taking some bass guitar lessons in SF, you might just be the best person for the job!

There is a rich history of bass guitar players in the “Golden City.” One great bass player, Vernon Alley (1915-2004), made his home in San Francisco and played with many famous musicians such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie Parker. Vernon Alley is referred to as “the most distinguished jazz musician in San Francisco History,” and it’s no wonder that he played with nearly all the top jazz musicians of his time.

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bass guitar lessons in San Francisco will take you! Maybe someday you will grace the stage at the Spreckels Temple of Music or play at the Music Concourse in Golden State Park. You can also further your study of the bass guitar and develop tonality at San Francisco State University’s School of Music, or improve your knowledge of bass history with courses offered at San Francisco City College.

Finding a Bass Guitar Teacher in San Francisco, CA

Our directory makes it easy to find the perfect bass guitar teacher in San Francisco, CA. Among the many music teachers in the Bay Area, our instructors have years of teaching experience under their belt, and most have impressive performance experience as well. No matter what genre you’re interested, you’re sure to find one that’s a good match for your goals.

For instance, Alex L. holds a Bachelor’s in music from San Jose State University and has taught bass for the last 12 years. One student had this to say about lessons with Alex, “Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible, and fun. I'm an adult learner and intermediate musician and Alex provided me with exactly the kind of hands-on assistance I wanted. He really kick-started implementing music theory into my own playing.”

Getting to Bass Guitar Lessons in San Francisco

Navigating this busy city can be a challenge, so be sure to plan ahead to make it to your electric bass guitar lessons in San Francisco on time. If needed, take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). When commuting on the BART, the total ride cost will depend on the distance of travel.

Or, you might prefer to ride on the affordable Muni Bus/Train, which is even more convenient using the Muni Mobile App. The many public transportation options in this city make it easy to get to your electric bass lessons in San Francisco.

Choosing an Instrument for Bass Lessons in San Francisco

Shopping for your first instrument for electric bass lessons in San Francisco can be fun and exciting. At your local music store, you’ll learn all about brands, strings, wood and the other different attributes of bass guitars.

Keep in mind that the bass guitar comes in two variants: the solid-body electric bass and the hollow-body acoustic bass. Both are traditionally tuned like a double bass, with the same four lowest strings as a guitar (E-A-D-G), but an octave lower.

One shop to check out is Real Guitars, located on Lafayette Street. Real Guitars is San Francisco's oldest guitar shop. Opened in 1986, the store specializes in used and vintage equipment. It also sells amps, speakers, cables and all kinds of interesting instruments.

Looking for a pre-owned bass guitar? The local pawn shop is a great place to find terrific items at deep discounts. You can find gently used instruments at up to 50 percent off retail prices at pawn shops, such as Best Collateral Pawn Shop or Buy Sell Loan Pawn Shop, both located on Mission Street.

Practice Makes Perfect

In between bass guitar lessons in SF, there are a few fun ways you can practice your skills. Polish up your blues playing at local hotspot, Ed Ivey’s Blues Jam Session at Swig Bar. This jam session began in 1947 and is said to be the longest-running of its kind on the West Coast.

Or on Wednesday nights you can join the fun at the Bluegrass Country Jam, which takes place at a traditional Irish pub: The Plough and The Stars. There are also many local open mic nights, such as the one at The Bellevue Club’s Mural Lounge in Oakland on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.

Once you start getting bigger gigs, you might need a rehearsal space. Check out Lennon Rehearsal and Music on Dore Street. This is one one of San Francisco's largest rehearsal locations. Rooms are fully equipped with stages and sound systems. This can be very helpful when you need to prepare for an upcoming performance.

The possibilities for practicing and performing in and around San Francisco are endless! So what are you waiting for? Sign up for bass lessons today and become the bassist you’ve always wanted to be!

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Interested in online bass guitar lessons? Here, online teacher Justine D. shares what to expect in your bass guitar lessons, how to prepare, and more:   If you’re curious about playing bass but can’t find a teacher in your area, online bass guitar lessons may be right for you! Video-chatting technology like Skype and Google Hangouts make it easy to connect with a teacher and start making music from your own home. You may be wondering what to expect from online lessons, whethe …

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