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Oliver H.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Bachelors in Upright Bass and Vocal Performance from Knox College
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Oliver H.

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My students can expect a loving, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere to learn a difficult instrument. We will go through the basics of hand shapes, learn how to navigate the neck with scales, and tunes that make the upright bass approachable.

About Oliver

I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition. I can also teac

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Robert S.
Oliver is an amazingly talented teacher / musician with great patience and to top it off a super gentlemen.
Travis B.
I definitely have the right guy for a teacher,, i'm on my way to learning how to play,,,
Parke
Going to be fun
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Rachel C.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, German
  • Awarded Music Teacher of the Year from Toledo City Paper
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Rachel C.

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I have played upright bass for 17 years and am classically trained. My teachings will assist you in working on orchestral repertoire, solo pieces and any other musical interest you would like to learn about. Students of mine have gone on to advance to audition-only groups.

About Rachel

Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 10 years and truly love working with eager students of all age

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Jeff W.
Enjoyed first lesson. Looking forward to more!
Shayla
Super great teacher!
Laura M.
Rachel was very patient at my first lesson which really relaxed me as I am a beginner beginner. She didn't skimp over the basics and was gracious with praise.
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Nathan R.

24 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Awarded Peabody Merit-based Scholarship from Peabody Institute
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Nathan R.

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The main focus is on technique (bowing, fingerings) while covering any classical repertoire. I can also cover jazz, rock/pop if the student wishes.

About Nathan

I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservat

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Joshua V.
Very pleasant teacher. First lesson went well. Thank you
Twila
Nathan is kind and encouraging. My son is enjoying the lessons and making progress towards playing tapas and reveille. He sounds good!! Online classes are convenient to add into a busy schedule.
Jonas L.
This is the first lesson I got to listen to of my son working with Nathan. Usually I'm not home from work. I am really impressed with how much he was able to help my son improve so quickly. I wish we had started this much sooner.
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Jesse M.

101 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner
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Jesse M.

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Learn basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody, and how they apply to the upright bass.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with classic

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Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
Dulcenea
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
Alex
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Sam K.

9 Reviews
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  • B.S. in Energy Technology Graduated 1985 from Penn State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Sam K.

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Basics of open scales and arpeggio fingerings and movable patterns for bluegrass, country, blues or beginning jazz..

About Sam

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my mus

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Catherine
Sam was awesome - is a wealth of knowledge and skill and had so much to share. I will definitely be going back for many more lessons!
Katharina K.
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
Marc S.
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Jonathan T.

30 Reviews
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  • Awarded Nominated for Teacher of the Year from Albemarle Road Middle School
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelors in Music Performance from Emory and Henry College
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Jonathan T.

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Do you enjoy the low end of the musical spectrum? Interested in building your chops and becoming a better musician? Let me help you grow as a musician! I hold a Masters Degree in Music Performance, am a Certified North Carolina Teacher, and am currently an orchestra director specializing in strings.

About Jonathan

´╗┐Jonathan Todd has been performing and teaching in the Charlotte area and CMS Schools since 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Emory and Henry College and then went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with a concentration in Music Theory an

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Fan Z.
Jonathan is very patient with my kid and made the first lesson fun.
Tina S.
My son really enjoyed his trumpet lessons w/Jonathan T. I really liked that Jonathan took the time to update me on each lesson progress. Seems he really cares about his students. I highly recommend him.
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The average cost of 60-minute upright bass lessons is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $130 per hour.
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"Great first lesson with Dan! Very knowledgeable and helpful. Look forward to future lessons and definitely recommend him."
Atticus
Took Upright Bass lessons from Dan K.
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"Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!"
Bekah
Took Upright Bass lessons from Peter B.
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"Just had my first lesson with Benjamin and it was great. Looking forward to more lessons"
Jamie
Took Upright Bass lessons from Benjamin Y.
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"Daniel is a great teacher! He is very thorough and has taken the time to understand my son's musical interests. He is also very patient and explains skills in a very relatable way. My son has learned so much from Daniel and enjoys every lesson."
Melissa Weaver
Took Upright Bass lessons from Daniel B.
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"Original Gift Idea

I purchased 5 lessons from Michael as a Christmas gift for my wife. It was a fantastic idea- she loves her lessons! Michael is a very skilled teacher and I have already noticed improvements in my wife's playing.

I highly recommend Michael for anyone looking for a music teacher."
Mandy
Took Upright Bass lessons from Michael C.
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"I can’t believe how much material was covered in a 60 minute lesson! Steven was engaging and encouraging. My 16 year old son learned a lot and had a great time doing it. We are looking forward to future lessons!"
Beau
Took Upright Bass lessons from Steven F.
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"Jose is so knowledge about the bass and guitar and such a great teacher. I would highly recommend him as a teacher. He loves music, loves the bass and loves playing. He is a great teacher and wonderful performer."
Pam
Took Upright Bass lessons from José C.
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"Dee has a great broad knowledge of different instruments. She teaches to your needs and I've been so happy with my lessons!"
Jed
Took Upright Bass lessons from Dee F.
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"I have just begun lessons with Isaac. He is an excellent teacher; attuned to my needs, very good at explaining things, patient, very good at getting me to understand what I need to know. I look forward to learning upright bass with him!"
Victoria Danberg
Took Upright Bass lessons from Isaac L.
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"Cool guy and great teacher! Highly recommended"
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Private Upright Bass Lessons Near You

The upright bass, double bass, or just bass is the lowest-pitched and largest of the string instruments. It's most commonly played with a bow or by plucking its strings, but with advanced, extended techniques. These produce a range of tones in a rich, sultry timbre. 

Musicians who play bass are seen as the coolest of the cool cats and heppest of the hep. Bassists are standard members of almost any group of musicians, playing a variety of music. If you decide to learn to play upright bass, you'll find plenty of opportunities to perform. 

Why Learn to Play Upright Bass?

Thanks to its versatility and wide range of use in music, the upright bass is a wonderful choice of string instrument to learn! After you've studied the basics of playing bass, you can focus on playing a specific genre of music or study several. The upright bass is commonly found in orchestras, ensembles, and bands, and it's regularly included in musical genres such as classical, chamber, jazz, blues, rockabilly, rock, Latin, folk, bluegrass, and country. 

Playing the upright bass also comes with loads of physical and mental benefits. These include masterful hand-eye coordination, improved memory, ability to learn, and listening abilities. Playing upright bass also strengthens the core muscles and improves a person's posture, which imparts a variety of holistic health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, increased circulation, and improved immune system. 

The Best Way to Learn Upright Bass and What You'll Study in Upright Bass Classes

Sure, anyone can find free upright bass classes online, but the best way to learn upright bass is with a private teacher. In private upright bass lessons, you'll stay interested and motivated with the help of your teacher's undivided attention. You'll also overcome challenges quickly and avoid developing potentially detrimental bad habits, as you receive immediate feedback on your progress. 

Plus, private lessons can be completely customized to meet the student's needs, preferred learning style, and interests. As a result, no two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, upright bass classes for children differ greatly in terms of teaching methods and course content from upright bass lessons for adults. In private upright bass lessons, you'll study the music you love most, while learning at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Upright Bass Lessons

If you have little or no previous experience playing the upright bass, then beginner lessons are right for you. Your teacher will introduce you to the basic techniques and knowledge needed to play simple tunes on your instrument. You'll develop a strong foundation of skills that will allow you to advance to more challenging repertoire. In beginner lessons, your upright bass tutor might cover the following topics: 

  • Instrument anatomy and care
  • Proper posture, instrument, and bow hold
  • Thumb position and finger positions
  • Practicing scales and basic melodies
  • Learn to read musical notation
  • Introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Upright Bass Classes

Intermediate lessons are perfect for students who already know the basics of music theory, reading musical notation, and playing the upright bass. In these classes, you'll be introduced to more technically difficult techniques and rhythms, while you learn to play increasingly complex music. In intermediate lessons, your instructor might cover the following topics:

  • Bowing techniques and directions
  • Pizzicato (striking) technique
  • Slap bass
  • Harmonics
  • Exercises and arpeggios

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Upright Bass Lessons

Students who have nearly mastered the upright bass, who wish to improve and polish their skills in private classes with an expert, should sign up for advanced lessons. You'll work with your instructor to overcome individual challenges and achieve your goals. Course content included in advanced upright bass classes depends greatly on the student's individual interests and goals, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics: 

  • Intensive, genre-based study
  • Sight reading
  • Soloing and improvisation
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation
  • Gigging tips and advice

How to Find an Upright Bass Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn to play upright bass, then you'll need a teacher. Luckily, finding a private upright bass tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A simple search will direct you to a variety of qualified and experienced teachers who offer upright bass lessons near you and online. Before choosing the tutor who's right for you, we recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by music students like you. It's also a good idea to look for an upright bass teacher who specializes in the genre of music that interests you most. 

The price of upright bass classes varies, but most teachers charge rates based on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll have no problem finding an upright bass tutor who can accommodate both your budget and your schedule. You'll find that private upright bass lessons are well worth the investment, as you learn new techniques fast and improve your playing after your very first lesson.