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David W.

19 Reviews
Berkeley, CA
Starting at $30
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Bachelors of Science from Charter Oak State College
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David W.

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I played in a few bands as a bassist, here are some genres:
North Africa
Jazz
Funk/Soul
Gospel
Folk
Electronic
Latin

About David

Hi there, and thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am excited to be a part of the team in Berkeley, CA. I started teaching lessons while in music school for Classical Guitar in 1996. From 1998 onwards, I played with a variety of musicians from Africa and Latin America, as well the as gr

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Alec
David is a talented and extremely knowledgable musician. He has a deep love and respect for the music and imparts this love on his students. Always going above and beyond, he gives all of himself in his students, making sure they not only have proper technique, but a strong foundation of knowledge about the tradition of flamenco. He is able to breakdown and explain the complexities of this arcane art form in a way that is accessible to all levels of musicians. I couldn't recommend him more highly!
Aki M.
David is patient and enthusiastic about teaching how to play the guitar. He is also encouraging!
Adam R.
Had a great experience. David is patient, explains things clearly, and really knows his stuff. Definitely recommended.
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Ahmad G.

165 Reviews
San Jose, CA
Starting at $29
  • Speaks English, Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Ahmad G.

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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad

I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained wit

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Eren
I highly recommend taking guitar lessons with Ahmad. I've had instructors in the past who I realized weren't the best match for what I was I was trying to accomplish and the first lesson gave me the space to feel out if Ahmad was going to be a good match for me! After the first lesson I immediately knew Ahmad was going to be professional, skilled, easy to work with, and open-minded. I really appreciated that Ahmad was down to go outside of your standard lessons in music theory and cater my experience in a way that would fast track me to what I wanted to accomplish within my lessons. As a self-taught musician who has been playing in touring bands for about the last 4 years I had a lot of different strengths and weaknesses. Ahmad helped me hone in on areas that would allow me to boost my confidence in practices and live performances while developing skills to better communicate musically with my bandmates. I believe Ahmad is the perfect instructor for all skill levels and backgrounds. He is an extremely talented and versatile musician. In addition to his abilities as a musician and instructor, he is patient, easy to communicate with, motivating, and understanding.
Natasha
I purchased four weeks of lessons and loved working with Ahmad so much that I continued weekly sessions with him after! I am a beginner and Ahmad did an incredible job walking me through the basics but in a way that was still interesting - we chose songs that I actually wanted to learn and that made it much more fun to practice. He took advantage of every minute of the lesson and often times went over - really nice when you only have 30 minutes sessions. Plus he is hilarious! If you are thinking about taking lessons with Ahmad, no matter what level, do it! :)
Lawrence
Ahmad is a wonderful instructor and musician. He connects with people of all levels and is able to break down complicated ideas into more easily digestible pieces.
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Mark B.

24 Reviews
Castro Valley, CA
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1978
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • No degree from University Of The Pacific
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Mark B.

24 Reviews
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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 si

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Richard D.
Great instructor, gave me tips that immediately improved my playing.
Tina M.
Mark is a wonderful guitar teacher and is great for anyone at any level. He's an awesome guitarist too. I highly recommend Mark.
Joshua
Mark is very patient and funny! My son and dad both enjoyed ukulele class. They are looking forward to continuing their weekly lessons. Thank you so much Mark! :)

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Mark L.

63 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $15
  • Speaks I only speak English. My Spanish is very limited.
  • Teaches students 5 to 70
  • Teaches Beginner
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Mark L.

63 Reviews
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You will use the notation system that suits you best. I have developed one that a 6 year old can read. you will learn to slap and pop the bass. Pull Offs, and Hammer On. You will be guided by me through method books with supplemental materials I create to help you advance. I have been teaching bass guitar for 5 years. I want to be your next instructor.

About Mark

I teach according to your individual needs. I only teach in my own studio. I do not travel anymore. I also have time to teach lessons every other week. You may inquire to me about my availability to teach every other week on Saturdays. I help you become successful on piano, violin, cello, viola, ba

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Gabriel G.
Great first lesson. Already learned a lot.
Zoe C.
Mark is AMAZING!!!!!!
Regina
My son Caleb was struggling with his required music with the symphony, and Mark really helped bring his confidence level up. Now he plays all the time without being reminded. Thanks Mark!
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Dillon C.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Dillon C.

5 Reviews
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About Dillon

Hi I'm Dillon Casey and I've been teaching music for almost 15 years and really enjoy it. My mission as a teacher is to create an atmosphere of learning, fun, and creativity for my students. I aim to show my students that music can be exciting and enjoyable and to help them foster their own love an

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Matthew H.
Dillon is a first rate guitar instructor!

I've taken lessons with Dillon for 5 months, and he has helped me make tremendous progress. I was lucky to find Dillon because my music interests are all over the place. I wanted to learn about fingerstyle, soul, jazz, blues, Latin music, music theory, transcribing for bands. Dillon helped me with all of those. He's the kind of person whose has really studied the guitar and can distill the music from many styles into a few simple ideas for the guitar, and explain those ideas in a memorable way.

I'll continue taking lessons from him, and would recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking for a teacher with charisma.
Amanda B.
Dillon is an absolutely amazing teacher. I just started playing the piano a few months ago and he has been instrumental in motivating me and giving me the tools I need to get started. He is always willing to switch it up each lesson depending on how I am feeling that week and I really enjoy working with him. Dillon is extremely talented and dedicated to music which is really great, because starting out can be hard. I would highly recommend Dillon to anyone!
Chris D.
Dillon- was not reliable. He no-showed twice and his phone was not active. Not a good start for beginner student!

Chris M.

Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University
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Chris M.

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I've been playing bass guitar since 2003, when I was in middle school. I started with punk rock bands, then moved to other genres like rock, R&B, Hip-hop, pop, and jazz. Today, I'm a professional bassist, and I'd love to help you get progress in your playing.

About Chris

I'm a professional musician, with experience playing in orchestras, jazz bands, rock bands, and many other settings. This includes live performances and studio recording sessions. Whether you're just starting out, or trying to prepare for a college audition, I am here to help!

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Average Cost of Bass Guitar Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute bass guitar lessons in San Francisco is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $276 per hour.
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"Ahmad is an excellent teacher and finally got me serious about playing the bass and guitar. If you've your on the fence about who to learn from, I suggest you jump off that fence now. Ahmad will have you jamming in no time."
- Christophe
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"Aaron has a lot of experience and is willing and excited to share it with his students."
- Diego
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Aaron B.
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"Learned a lot from Greg! Helped me understand my bass better and how to use it. Worked with me where I was at and challenged me to get better. Gave me tools that I still use years later."
- Kevin
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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- Allen
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Omar G.
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"Jason is an amazing teacher very informative knows his stuff 100% would recomend him to anyone looking to learn to play AWESOME TEACHER"
- Chad
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Jason M.
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"I found Brian to be a very good instructor. He was always on time, very patient, and was very knowledgable about all the different types of music styles. I was a slow learner and he was able to work with my difficulties and he found a way that worked for me. He is very personable and easy to get along with. I'd highly recommend him."
- Nate
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Brian V.
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"fun lessons, recommended 100%."
- Joseph
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Akos F.
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"Rachel's hands-on approach is great!! I'm super excited and looking forward to my future lessons."
- Robert
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Rachel H.
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"I have been working professionally with Dan Brown for a few years now and I have to say, he is the finest bassist I've ever worked with. Primarily, he is a brilliant musician and a master of his instrument. But more than that, he has a clear understanding of the music and can communicate musical concepts in a simple, straightforward way. I've learned a great deal from Dan since we began collaborating and couldn't recommend him more highly as an instructor."
- Dan
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Daniel B.
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"I have been studying bass playing techniques and music theory with Rob for several months now. Short story: he's great.

Rob's lesson format is pretty open. If you have specific questions/goals, Rob makes sure that they are addressed. He's been able to give me some great information on various techniques and styles, and I've picked up a good bit of general practical bass knowledge this way.

Rob is VERY knowledgeable about music theory, and its evolution over the centuries. That being said, discussions on music theory are always made relevant to bass playing. This makes learning the theory and patterns very practical, and for me, more approachable.

Thanks Rob!"
- John
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Rob R.
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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.

Never underestimate how far 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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