Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Chad
"Jason is an amazing teacher very informative knows his stuff 100% would recomend him to anyone looking to learn to play AWESOME TEACHER"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Lenny Sieredzinski
"As a beginner with the bass guitar I could not be any happier with what Al was able to provide me with on our first lesson! I'm Having trouble putting th
e guitar down and can't wait for our next lesson!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mike
"Matt was a real pleasure to learn from and always found a way to keep my lessons fun and exciting. I'm now very comfortable sight reading in the bass clef
t and even a bit of treble as well. He had such a great ear for music and was easily able to pick out an entire bass line from a song just by listening to it once. He really inspired me to want to pursue songwriting and even got me to pick up a guitar for the first time. He's very passionate about what he does and he's a great instructor for anyone who wants to improve their musical ability. I'd highly recommend him for anyone looking to learn more about music and enjoy doing it!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Merrily
"Patient and clear directions to accommodate learning disability. Courteous, encouraging."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Alex
Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anyth
ing that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Melvin
"Worth His Weight In Gold!!!
I've been taking lessons with John for over a year now and I've learned so much from his teachings. He has a way of making
you feel at home and relaxed during the lesson. I'm partial to playing the Blues but, he has taught me how to relate the different scales to the different types of music.
At this time I'm learning how to read music and understand the theory behind it. The stage that I am at it comes down to practice. If I put in the practice I will be ready to play for that Jazz/Blues band that I so desire.
At the end of my lesson with John, he always find time for us to have a "jam session" be it Pink Floyd's "Money", Eric Clapton's "Sunshine of Your Love", or some good ole' down home "Blues", we get it done! John is a great teacher, musician, instructor and is as advertised!
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Maripen
"Christmas day 2013, my husband built a bass for me. One that was my size with a smaller diameter neck. I looked at him and asked, “what do you want me to
do with that?”. He said “ you are going to learn how to play the bass so you can play worship with the family.” It was a very daunting challenge, but I liked the idea of playing music with the family. My husband Craig is a worship leader at church, he plays the guitar and the bass. My son Matthew plays the bass and the guitar. My daughter Megan sings, plays the keyboards and can play some guitar. I would be the newbie joining the group.
My husband taught me how to play the bass. He showed me the proper way of playing the bass strings but I had other ideas. I was comfortable with just playing with 1 finger. We got into disagreements over that but he let me go because he did not want to argue with his wife. Craig was a trooper and was able to teach me enough basics that within 6 months we were playing for the elderly in the Senior Homes once a month. By the spring the following year 2014, he asked the pastor if he could add me to the worship team. I was able to provide simple bass line to the music and I had to admit it was fun. I wanted to progress more but I did not want to strain my relationship with Craig. I always pushed back and I wanted to do things my way and often we did not have a good experience. Craig was always proud of me and was always tickled pink whenever we played together. So that fall 2014, I asked to have a bass teacher, he was relieved and went into the business of finding me a bass teacher, a female bass teacher that I can relate to.
That was when I met Kipp Kahlia. She is a bonafide professional musician, studied and majored in music. I just wanted to get that out of the way, because on top of that, she is a very nice person. My first lesson was at her house. It was 7:30 pm and I was super nervous. I told her that I needed a teacher because I wanted to get better than just doing “thump, thump, thump, thump” when we play worship on Sunday. I wanted to grow without harming my relationship with Craig. We got along famously from the beginning. I liked how she was so easygoing and was understanding of my bad habits. She was understanding but that didn’t mean she would tolerate it. She started me from the beginning. Basics like, hooking up to the amp, tuning the bass, and technique. She assured me that over time the hand just adapts to the new programming that I send to the nervous system and the playing technique will eventually remodel. Yes, remodel, even with a stubborn person like me.
That was November of 2014 and I am writing this April 2015 and I have improved my strumming a lot. Inadvertently, when she is introducing me to something new, the claw or the hook (as I call it) comes out but she is quick to point out the hook and I am back to playing the right way again. She teaches me how to be creative with the rhythms, she’s teaching me the roots and 5th’s of chords, where they are on the neck, and how you can use the different notes of the scale to enhance the song. She addresses that because she knows my goal is to do more than thump, thump, thump, and just hold down whole notes. She is very encouraging and she has a sense of humor. We laugh a lot when I am there for my class, the studio people come in sometimes and tell us there is too much laughing coming from our room.
Sometimes I bring up questions I may encounter in the week and she will take the time to answer it. One time I asked her “What do you think of the lawsuit against Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement on the Marvin Gaye song ‘Got to Give it Up’?’ We would stop and talk about that.
Sometimes, I feel not as prepared coming to class because I might not have the homework as complete as I would like it to be and Kipp tells me that she understands that I am a working woman, with a family and that I have stuff to do. I feel that takes the pressure off. But on the days when I AM confident about my homework, then the fun begins, she start throwing in stuff to keep me on my toes and push me out of my comfort zone. I have to have my deodorant on because something unexpected is always thrown"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Madeline
"John is extremely versatile and talented, and his love for music is so obvious and inspiring. I went to him with what I thought was a solid foundation of
knowledge but he brought so many new ideas to the table that I started thinking of music in a whole new-and positive- way. He is very personable and easy to work with, and he treats you with respect and focused attention to detail. Definitely try working with him, you won't regret it!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Tami
"Matt was my son's bass, acoustic bass and ukulele instructor for more than four years. During that time, they developed a great teacher/student relations
hip. Matt was always positive and encouraging. My son learned a lot, and really enjoyed their time together. Matt was also very accommodating in terms of rescheduling lessons due to sports, band concerts or family vacations. I would highly recommend Matt as a music teacher."