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Darren S.

Darren S.

Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from honing bow technique, to left-hand formation and fingering choices, to reading musical notation, interpreting music and learning rhythm. My goal is to help students develop a technical foundation on the bass for playing just about any kind of music that they are interested in, and to support students with practicing tips for areas in their playing where they want to improve. My specialty is symphony orchestra training, so I primarily use both the Essential Elements for Strings books and Suzuki Bass School series at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce standard orchestral repertoire, sonatas, and concertos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far I have helped students get into All-States, ensembles at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and Berklee College of Music, Districts/Regional festivals, youth orchestra programs, and music degree programs at colleges. I feel that the reason why my students succeed is because most of my students get the sense that I am very passionate about teaching the bass and therefore I am usually very detailed and patient in my explanations. I also use a combination of both verbal explanations and hands-on demonstrations, especially when it comes to improving mechanics and musicality. Most of my students (and parents/guardians of students) consider me to be very proficient and engaging. If you are interested in taking lessons with me, choose one of the lesson durations from the provided selection and then we can solidify lesson times that work for your schedule. I look forward to working together and helping you to achieve your greatest potential on the double bass.
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Geoff is a great teacher who focuses on critical detail. Geoff was monumental for my foundation on the double bass. He helped me get into the college of my dreams when I was in high school. I would hi

Zach (Upright Bass lessons with Geoff B.)

I’m a super beginner on upright bass. But he is so kind and his teaching is so nice!

Ayaka (Upright Bass lessons with Andrea V.)

Great first lesson! Got me going and feeling comfortable. He has vast experience, and comfortable teaching style, but keeps me moving forward. Very Happy!

Paul (Upright Bass lessons with Shawn G.)

He has a lot of knowledge, and have passion for music. He is very nice and fun to talk. He speaks Japanese pretty well.

Lauren (Upright Bass lessons with Shawn G.)

Geoff is a great teacher who focuses on critical detail. Geoff was monumental for my foundation on the double bass. He helped me get into the college of my dreams when I was in high school. I would hi

Zach (Upright Bass lessons with Geoff B.)

I’m a super beginner on upright bass. But he is so kind and his teaching is so nice!

Ayaka (Upright Bass lessons with Andrea V.)

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Upright Bass Lessons

The upright bass, also known as a double bass, is the largest and deepest-sounding stringed instrument in the orchestra. While there are some differing accounts about its origins and transformation over the years, the upright bass is believed to be a descendant of the bass violin, dating back to the 15th century.

Today, students are still eager to learn to play this beautiful instrument, and that’s where our lessons come in. Here at TakeLessons, we’re delighted to offer in-person and online upright bass lessons. In fact, we’re known for offering some of the best online upright bass lessons around! Sign up with us today.

Certified Upright Bass Teachers

Forget about trying to learn this instrument by watching an online tutorial or reading a music book. Our upright bass teachers are here to help you progress and work toward your music goals. We offer a vast selection of professional teachers who are certified and background checked, ensuring you receive only the best instruction.

Ready to sign up for our lessons? Begin by selecting a tutor and choosing your schedule. When you browse our many available teachers, you can find out more information about each tutor’s expertise, qualifications, availability, and starting rates.

Students can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $130 per hour, depending on their exact needs. Rates will vary based on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, but the average cost of a 60-minute session is $69, and a 30-minute session is $38.

To finish the sign-up process, simply select your preferred lesson package and get ready to start jamming!

Upright Bass Online Lessons for All Ages

While we pride ourselves on offering lessons for students of all ages, if you’re looking for upright bass lessons for kids, you may have to wait until your child is of a certain size. You see, the upright bass is an extremely large and heavy instrument, and small children may find it challenging to hold—let alone play.

That said, we offer classes for kids and adults, so as long as there’s an upright bass that matches the student’s size, anyone is welcome to join our lessons! Not sure about upright bass sizing? Our tutors are happy to assist you.

Upright Bass Lessons for All Levels

Learning to play an instrument is a different experience for every student. Some are naturals, picking up the upright bass at the drop of a hat, while others require more time to wrap their head around this wonderful instrument.

Because everyone’s journey is unique, our tutors work with students of all skill levels. They teach upright bass lessons for beginners looking for an introductory course as well as more advanced classes for students who are already familiar with the instrument. Sign up today, and our teachers will create a customized curriculum based on your needs.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Upright Bass Lessons

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 Lessons

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

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

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What’s stopping you from fulfilling your upright-bass-playing dreams? Sign up for our in-person or online upright bass lessons today! After taking advantage of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, select your teacher and schedule, and then pick your lesson package, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering this stringed instrument!

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Is the upright bass hard to learn?


While the upright bass isn’t especially hard to learn, getting comfortable with the sheer weight and size of the instrument can take some time. The easiest way to learn this instrument is by studying with a private tutor. Your tutor can help you make sense of everything about this instrument, from finger placements to bowing techniques. If you follow your tutor’s guidance and commit yourself to practicing, you should learn to play the upright bass with ease.

Can I teach myself the upright bass?


Yes, while anyone can teach themselves the basics of playing the upright bass, we recommend supplementing this with our lessons. Taking private upright bass lessons allows you to work with tutors who give you their undivided attention as they instruct you on everything about this instrument, from the basics to more challenging techniques. During your sessions, you can focus on whatever you want, whether that’s learning some simple songs or mastering a specific technique.

What should a beginner learn on the upright bass?


A beginner should start with the basics of playing the upright bass, such as holding the instrument, caring for it, and reading music. Next, a beginner student will learn the finger positions and basic scales. When you sign up for upright bass lessons for beginners, you’ll focus on the fundamentals that will help you get the hang of this incredible instrument.

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