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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers in Chicago, IL

Dave K.

22 Reviews
Palos Heights, IL
Starting at $24
  • Bachelor Music Performance from Northern Illinois University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1996
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Dave K.

22 Reviews
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When you sign up for bass guitar lessons, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, tone production, rhythm, first position notes, and notation. Once you get the basics down, you will learn how to play your favorite songs regardless of style. All of this can happen within the first 4-6 months of playing.

About Dave

Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates

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Howard W.
I haven't played the violin since I was in middle school, and I wanted to re-learn to play it. I am so glad I picked Dave, he is very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I jumped in with both feet and Dave made the instructions at our first lesson easy for me to understand. Excellent location and studio is awesome.
Rushia Hendricks
Excellent lesson. Does a wonderful job at taking older students and gently holding their feet to the fire to bring out the best- even under the most challenging of circumstances. Kudos to being such a uniquely great teacher!
Tom L.
I realize it was the first lesson but I was a little disappointed that we spend nearly the entire time on housekeeping items, like canceling and re-scheduling appointments. I think that could have been covered with an e-mail or handout. I also thought we spent too much time going over the differences between acoustic and electric guitars - considering my age and background. Would have liked to see him demonstrate what I was asked to practice before the next lesson instead of just being told to refer to the workbook.
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Sebastian A.

17 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $55
  • Teaching since 2013
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Sebastian A.

17 Reviews
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Bass is a key part in a song which helps the grove and pace. It could be as simple as playing the root notes and as intricate as playing arpeggios, modes, and sometimes soloing. I will teach you the fundamentals of playing bass either by yourself or with a band. We will work on drills, scales and learn other songs that are related to the genre you are interested in.

About Sebastian

Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to. Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so m

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Skylar A.
1st lesson. Sebastian made my 2 kids very comfortable!
Amanda K.
Wonderful, reliable teacher! Very patient and has a clear and consistent pedagogy. Very highly recommended!
Domink S.
Very nice, patient teacher! I m so happy we started lessons with Sebastian.

Chaetan N.

4 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2002
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Chaetan N.

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(Students are free to take both upright and bass guitar lessons interchangeably). Whether you're looking to learn bass within the scope of meshing with other live musicians or have more of a soloist mindset, I've got you covered. I have played bass since 1997 and will never run out of new things to show you.

About Chaetan

Having played music for as long as I can remember (my father is an accomplished Jazz and Soul drummer), music has always been a key ingredient in my life. From playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme on the drum set as a toddler, I have gone on to learn electric/classical/lap steel guitar, e

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Amber F.
Excellent. Keeps the student inspired!
MeganR
Great Beginner Guitar Lessons

I look forward to my weekly guitar lessons with Chaetan because he is a very knowledgeable, relaxed, and patient teacher. He tailors my lessons to meet my personal goals (learning those pinnacle acoustic songs). But as an exceptional instructor, he also guides me to meet goals he has for me as a student, such as learning to build chords on my own. The quality of his instruction has already increased my progress on the instrument. Overall, his talent and interest in music motivate me to practice so I am fortunate to have found Chaetan as my guitar teacher.
PamS1
Excellent and Unique Teacher

Chaetan is a very friendly instructor who tailors his lessons to meet both the experience level and type of music a student is interested in. Chaetan has a lot of energy and makes the lessons fun. He appears to know every aspect of what he is teaching as well as plays other instruments. My daughter and I are both very happy with Chaetan.

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Eric J.

423 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $49
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Awarded Endorsed Artist from Elixir Guitar Strings
  • Bachelor's of Music from New York University
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Eric J.

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I have been playing guitar since I was 8 years old and started teaching guitar and bass when I was 16. I began working with takelessons in 2013. My method is step-by-step and easy and to understand. I will help you to become a great bassist.

Right hand: finger style, pick & slapping/popping
Groove, rhythms and playing time
Time signatures, walking bass lines, arpeggios, chords
Double stops, chords & improvising.

Chord/Music theory and bass line construction/development

About Eric

A great teacher can change a student's life. I give my students 110% and take pride in my students growth and accomplishments. Since I began working with takelessons in 2013 I've worked with students both online and in-person at my home studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My experienced as online

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Shawn R.
Eric is a great teacher, with an awesome ear and pays attention to the little things. It always seems like every few sessions, we come to a realization that makes a huge difference. I always look forward to our lessons.
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Scott K.

8 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Undergraduate of Jazz and Classical for Double Bass from Eastman School of Music
  • Teaching since 2013
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Scott K.

8 Reviews
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We will learn anything on electric or upright bass! I taught Bass at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I have completed my Undergraduate Degree at Eastman School of music for Jazz and Classical on Double Bass. I am currently completing my Master's at Manhattan School of Music. Lets make the best bass lines ever! I have played for 17 years.

About Scott

Music fuels the soul!! Let's get learning and having fun. I play upright bass, electric bass, guitar, piano, drums, and sing. I also compose original songs and Jazz music. I am currently completing my Master's at Manhattan School of Music. In NYC I have played at Smoke Jazz club and have done many

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Phillip Hsieh
Great instructor, very patient and knowledgable, Perfect for beginning players. Very chill, enjoyable experience.
John Bonacci
I had no clue how to play a bass guitar. I was fortunate thru the college he was teaching at to be honored to have Scott teach me at my beginner level, the basics of bass guitar. His patience with me was much appreciated as again, this was new to me and at the time being 69 years old, I wasn’t a quick learner. After several sessions, I was able to play basic cords, study the notes on the frets thru his lesson plan. I was sad that Scott left the college for NYC, but was very happy for him as he wanted to pursue his masters degree. Thanks to his patience and excellent teaching skills, I was able to continue lessons with another instructor and not embarrass myself as I had minute skills that helped me become a little more than a beginner. I am still going at it and loving every second but it was Scott’s patience and teaching skills that kept the fire lit to continue pursuing my love of the bass guitar. I can’t thank Scott enough and I wish him well with his goal of a master’s degree.
Sal
Scott is a great teacher and an even better friend. His background in music makes him unlike any other instructor. I’d highly recommend him to anyone, at any skill level.

Dominic S.

19 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $150
  • Speaks Spanish, French
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 2 and up
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Dominic S.

19 Reviews
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Online Bass Guitar Teacher

Everything I know about the bass is through The Beatles

About Dominic

Dominic is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and The College of Saint Rose. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, Dominic has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, an

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Simon
Dominic gave me great advice to start learning how to sing !
Ariel B.
He is great Trumpet teacher. He is professional and friendly. My son enjoyed his first lesson. Thank you
Marla H.
Dominic is fabulous. if you have a chance to work with him, do yourself a favor and do it!

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Average Cost of Bass Guitar Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute bass guitar lessons in Chicago is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $300 per hour.
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"Kellen is a great instructor. He explains musical ideas in an way that I qet quickly. I'll show him a song and he'll pick it up and teach it to me right away. I would definitely recommend him!"
Jon
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Kellen H.
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"I just want to say thank you. You have been patient and understanding dealing with an older wanna be bassist. Our lessons and sessions have allowed me to relax and truly enjoy my bass guitars. You are an exceptional instructor and I cannot express my thanks for your patience. The smile generated when i sit and play along with my favorite music is ridiculously huge! Thanks, Greg! You allow me to chase a dream/goal without limits. Will give you props ALWAYS!"
Mark
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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"Very passionate about his craft. Explains everything in practical application."
John
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Vincent C.
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"Akos F is an amazing teacher, he really knows his stuff very well and he teaches according to what I need and helped me achieve what I was looking for. He is incredibly patient with me, gave me the tools and guidance that I need and I always enjoy taking his lessons."
Gabriella
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Akos F.
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"I have been studying with him online for some time now and I can only say is that he is a true teacher. Really enjoy taking you lessons!"
Kyle
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Akos F.
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"I had played bass for a few years, and decided I wanted to take lessons when I felt stuck. It was fun, but I didn't really have a focus on bass I was excited about. I found that with Kellen. He really focused on rhythm and grooving with the drummer and I got hooked. I highly recommend him, especially if you need to work on your groove!"
Barry
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Kellen H.
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"David did a wonderful job, teaching me bass via Zoom with a lot of focus on what I wanted to do. Even though my interests ranged from technical to classical to theoretical to funk, he always had something he could show me and proved to have great knowledge of the instrument as well as of music theory and history. I would recommend him to anyone."
Selina
Took Bass Guitar lessons from David W.
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"He is so friendly and professional. I really enjoy his lesson."
Josh
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Gabriel H.
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"We were so lucky to have been referred to Tommy. Our middle school son wanted to branch out from playing the upright/classic bass, to electric bass and acoustic guitar. Tommy worked with our son for nearly 2 years. Tommy was always reliable, always prompt, always polite and 100% committed to the music and to our son's personal progress & improvement. He was always flexible, upbeat and easy to work with...with the patience of a saint...esp. for the parent who knows nothing about guitar. A huge talent!"
Jen
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Tommy W.
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"My first lesson was great! Chris was on time and very informative. I can't wait for our future lessons."
Jesse
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Chris B.
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Bass Guitar Lessons in Chicago

The bass guitar is often referred to as the heartbeat and the backbone of a group—two life giving aspects every band needs. If you want to fill that role in a group in the heart of Chi-Town, learning the fundamentals from an experienced bass instructor can help you achieve your musical goals.

Envision yourself taking the stage and becoming the life-giver of the show. TakeLessons makes it easy to find affordable, electric bass lessons near you so you can learn new skills and showcase your hidden talents to the world.

The Benefits of Learning Bass Guitar in Chicago

This vibrant city is not only a great place to live, but it’s also a great place to learn a musical instrument. As one of the nation’s largest cities, Chicago is famed for producing fantastic musicians. P

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lenty of famous bassists took advantage of the many musical “flavors” that Chicago exudes, including Milt Hinton, Malachi Favors, Wilber Ware and Eddie Calhoun.

These players crossed many genre lines such as jazz, blues, rock, swing, gospel and soul, which are still popular in the city today. Regardless of which type of music you want to play, private bass instruction in Chicago can help you tap into your deeper talents.

Bass lessons in Chicago might even be a stepping stone for you to realize higher goals and aspirations. Perhaps you want to gain entry into a music program at one of the local universities such as Loyola, Columbia College or the prestigious University of Chicago. Many of our bass teachers have attended these fine institutions, so they know what it takes.

Finding a Teacher to Learn Bass Guitar in Chicago

If you’re a beginner, private bass instruction in Chicago will help you learn the fundamentals of music and the instrument from an experienced player. Our teachers also work with more experienced players, to pick up where they left off and progress in more advanced-level studies.

We have more than 200 qualified teachers available both online and in-person, so you can take bass lessons near you, or from the comfort of your home. With our simple directory, you’ll find teachers in Skokie, Alsip, Forest Park, Palos Heights and other neighboring Chicago communities.

You can also view each teacher’s credentials, experience, and areas of expertise. For example, Dave K. in Palos Heights has a Master’s in Music Education and specializes in style variation, improvisation and harmonic analysis.

Music theory is essential to becoming a stronger, more versatile player and if that’s what you’re hoping to focus on, Paul W. in Chicago has a strong background in instrumental performance theory.

Where to Take Bass Lessons in Chicago

The choice is yours whether to take lessons in your home or your teacher’s studio. You also get to choose what time works best for your schedule, taking your desired teacher’s availability into consideration. It’s no secret that it can be challenging to navigate this sprawling city and its traffic. Essentially, you might want to avoid peak morning and afternoon rush hours.

Because traffic in Chi-Town is ranked as some of the worst in the US, there are numerous areas to avoid during rush hour. For example, various stretches of the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways should be sidestepped whenever possible.

Fortunately, Chicago has one of the largest public transportation systems in the nation. The Chicago Transit Authority services the city and 40 neighboring communities with reliable train, bus, and rail services. There are also bike sharing stations and taxis citywide if your lessons are nearby.

You’ve Booked Bass Lessons in Chicago - Now What?

Most first-time students will need to obtain a bass guitar and a few accessories. You can rent or buy gear through reputable Chicago dealers such as Tommy’s Guitar and Trading Post, Avenue N Guitars and the Chicago Music Exchange.

If you would like to find some free resources to supplement your lessons, check out the Sulzer Regional Library or the Chicago Public Library. They offer music books, sheet music, tapes and other materials.

When it comes time to practice, there are countless groups in town to consider joining, including the Logan Square Open Jam Session. These groups offer the chance to meet other players, make connections, and of course, jam with new friends. When you’re ready, check out the open mic nights at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge, Gallery Cabaret and Cole’s Bar.

If you haven’t booked your bass guitar lessons in Chicago yet, what are you waiting for? Start learning the fundamentals, theory, better techniques and more with one of our experienced bass instructors today!

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