Picture of bass guitar lessons in Portland, OR

Portland, OR Bass Guitar Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Bass Guitar lessons? Our Portland teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 4 5 1 , 7 0 5

lessons and counting!

Popular Bass Guitar Teachers near Portland, OR

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Portland, OR including Vancouver, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro and Happy Valley.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Allen D.

Close
Profile_99255_pi_IMG_3393
San Diego, CA
View Full Profile

Expect to go over the basics of scales, arpeggios, chords, and rhythm exercises. Along with that we'll also be practicing timing to a metronome. Other exercises may include the isolation and practice of each hand (one that does the fretting and the other for finger style/pick technique). The main thing is the application of what we learn towards real life situations

About Allen
Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach
40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Rob February 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
excellent instruction - great mix of theory, and applied skills. Very good at adjusting instruction for student skill and interest level
Silhouette-80
John M. January 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
I’ve taken lessons from Allen for almost two years. He is an excellent instructor. He is knowledgeable, patient, and talented, as well as flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Silhouette-80
Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
View Details
View Profile
Allen D.

Allen D.

Online
(17)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Geoff A.

Close
255216_5tjnwmx544gdvjn5s5k3
Hillsboro, OR
View Full Profile

From your first notes to learning groove, chords and scales and how they work, to interpreting songs in your own way, using clear and clean materials; from Blues to Jazz to whatever you want, it will all be in reach!

About Geoff
I am a professional musician with a career spanning 40 years (touring and studio work), and 30 years teaching music.

What do you want to learn? How far you go is up to you!

*** Lesson Details ***
BEGINNING students start with the fundamentals, what you must know in order to begin playing songs, all the right ingredients to create a solid foundation. You will be encouraged to study and to venture into the unknown, using what you're learning as a springboard to discover new things.

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED players will be assessed on knowledge and abilities; areas of struggle and what is desired to be learned. Within a couple weeks, you will reap the benefits with new ideas bubbling to the surface moving you closer to your goals, with emphasis that short term goals are important as well.

Everyone learns at a different pace. But
with patience and persistence, if you do the work, there will be results that can be measured, and you will achieve success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier for guitar and bass students, and have a piano for piano students.

*** Specialties ***
Having played many styles over the years, I am able to play in most of the popular forms. All music is based on the same fundamental things. It's how they are used that defines a given style.
...
Reviews
Thumb_123643_pi_545869_343427119055237_1008321517_n
Michael March 27, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I took lessons about 40 years ago from other teachers, not sure what I was expecting. However Geoff far exceeded whatever they were. Very knowledgeable, an excellent teacher.
Silhouette-80
Jay February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son had a great first lesson with Geoff. He was kind and patient but also very knowledgeable.
Silhouette-80
Ethan September 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
"It was kind of hard but fun!" My 9 year old left saying, "now I finally know how to learn how to play from sheet music!" Geoff is patient and knowledgeable.
View Details
View Profile
Geoff A.

Geoff A.

Hillsboro, OR 97124
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Peter Q.

Close
Profile_125098_pi_IMG_6374
Portland, OR
View Full Profile

Bass players ALWAYS have gigs.

About Peter
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Debbie P. January 10, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.
Silhouette-80
Paul May 23, 2017
· ·
An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative
Silhouette-80
Paul February 20, 2017
· ·
Versatile, skilled and patient
View Details
View Profile
Peter Q.

Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Eric B.

Close
Profile_112916_pi_eric-studiomac
Port Orange, FL

View Full Profile

Learn the practical application of music theory on the bass by studying songs. You will begin to understand how bass lines are written. After learning shapes and patterns you will be on your way to writing your own bass lines and jamming on your favorite songs.

About Eric
Music isn't just a career choice: it is a way of life. I have been playing music since I was a toddler; everything I have learned about life has been through music. I believe that self-expression is important to being confident with yourself. I look forward to sharing my passion for music and teaching with any students who are ready to learn!

I'm an accomplished composer and sound engineer with music featured on CBS, ABC, E!, Bravo, and other networks. I also write music for film & gaming. I am fluent in a range of professional software programs which includes Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Amadeus Pro, Cubase, and MaxMSP.

I have over a decade of performance experience and have played along the East Coast with several bands. Some venues I have performed at recently include The Plaza Theatre in Orlando; Backbooth in Downt
own Orlando; The Crowbar in Tampa; The Bandshell and The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. I am a versatile musician who primarily performs and instructs on Drums, Bass, and Guitar (acoustic and electric). I teach nearly all styles of music, including classical, jazz, funk, and rock. I have graduated from Stetson University with degrees in Digital Arts, Music, and Business.

I feel that nothing is impossible. Great results aren't given--they are earned, and I know how to set goals to reach those results. This is a virtue I like to share with students. My dedication to music has helped me accomplish much at a young age.

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons accommodate the unique needs of the student. My lessons don't merely teach you musical theories: I will teach you how to express yourself through your instrument as you learn those theories. You will gain technical knowledge and the tools to experience your musical potential. Lessons with me are the perfect extra-curricular activity for your child, or a great experience for you. A large part of my curriculum is more than learning how to play a few cover songs. The lessons are also about becoming more confident with yourself as a person and developing character along the way. You will learn about the discipline, patience, and dedication that it takes to stand out among professionals, not just as a musician, but as a strong individual. Music is a part of that. What you play becomes an extension of yourself. Young or old, everyone has something to share with the world through music.

In a given lesson, you can expect half of it to be about the basics of your instrument and the literature for reading music. The other half is about how you can apply these principles in a unique way that relates to yourself. However, the lesson is all about the student. If the student wants to learn in different ways that is never a problem. All I ask is that you're eager to learn! Everybody has different musical tastes and different learning styles. That is what makes every musician unique and every lesson exciting.

I enjoy teaching people of all ages 5 and up and have experience teaching groups or individuals. From beginner or experienced, hobbyist or professional, every person has a place in the wonderful world of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio: computer, recording gear, mics, amps, keyboard, guitars, bass, drum kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to their house I ask students to provide their necessary performance materials, i.e. drumset, guitar and amp, essential books, etc. I always provide all necessary teaching equipment, i.e. computer, additional guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Drums- Funk, Jazz, Classic Rock, Metal, Punk, Blues, Hip-Hop
Guitar/Bass- Funk, Blues, Metal, Rock, Hip-Hop
Music Recording/Songwriting- Electronic Music/electro-acoustic, Rock, Funk
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Shannon A. October 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Really enjoyed my personalized lessons with Eric! He helped me with finding the rhythm in some of my original songs. He is very encouraging and affirming.
Silhouette-80
Sam June 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor; always prepared and patient. He works towards my goals always.
Silhouette-80
Ben June 29, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Eric is the real deal as a guitar teacher. I personally play the guitar myself, but as any parent knows when it comes to teaching your own child there is going to be some resistance no matter what! Lol. Eric is very well educated in music and has the rapport to teach beginners as well as advanced students. My son looks forward to his time with Eric and considers him a friend as well! In closing, if your looking for an instructor that has a solid music background that can channel that knowledge into your child or self, look no further!
View Details
View Profile
Eric B.

Eric B.

Online
(16)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

About Bryan L.

Close
223968_183705_16469
Portland, OR

View Full Profile

Time will be spent on exercises, learning songs, and on personal projects

About Bryan
Bryan is a lifelong student trained in both Contemporary and Classical methodology. Bryan's extensive education paired with his passion for music make him the perfect teacher for any student. Bryan's love for music started at a young age. He began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10 learning the basics. This knowledge has served as the basis for all of his musical training as it provided a strong backbone of fundamental skills to build upon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2005, he practiced and perfected the classical approach to music. Bryan's education continued at the Musicians Institute based in the music capital of the world, Los Angeles. Here he diversified his music skills with vigorous training in the contemporary study of music. This contrast allows Bryan to teach everything from Rock n' Roll to Beethoven!


Bryan Specializes in the guitar and Bass Guitar; however, he is proficient in piano and drums as well. His interests range from simply perfecting the art of guitar playing, to composing modern music for entire bands. Additionally, Bryan's expertise extends into the technological side of recording and producing music. Thorough knowledge of popular computer programs allows Bryan to complete almost any music related task.

Bryan has been teaching private lessons for the past 10 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an incredibly patient teacher with only one goal in mind: help the student progress steadily! For this reason, every students lessons will be different. However, a typical lesson will aim to improve on 4 basic categories... Guitar technique and dexterity, Music Theory / Improvisation, Learning students favorite Songs, and Personal projects. Personal projects can range from writing songs, to recording songs, or to learning the basics of other instruments.

As a lifetime musician I have a very good idea of what works for most students. However, my goal is to be YOUR teacher, and I will focus on whatever it is that interests you the most!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is made up of high quality equipment. It currently includes electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, BASS Guitars, baritone guitars, a piano, Mac computers and a Professional PA system. There is also a ton of peripheral equipment including amplifiers, effects pedals, a Drum machine and stereo equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can Provide Everything for Guitar players. I recommend an amplifier, tuner and a cable.

*** Specialties ***
I am particularly proficient in Rock Guitar and Music Theory. I specialize in songwriting as an application of Music Theory.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Kyra &. November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Both my kids loved Bryan and their first lesson. Off to a great start!
Silhouette-80
Hadley H. September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My grandaughter is very happy wth her first lesson and has been practising! Bryan motivated her!!! Thanks
Silhouette-80
Devin H. December 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
I highly recommend Bryan

If you are looking for guitar lessons then Bryan is your guy. I have been taking lessons from him for 6 months now and had no experience prior. I have learned a lot from him and not just about playing a guitar but music in general. I highly recommend Bryan.
View Details
View Profile
Bryan L.

Bryan L.

Portland, OR 97223
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Matt B.

Close
Profile_102906_pi_0951f25fee27ad0485040c96ce45e80f
Chicago, IL

View Full Profile

I teach all genres to beginner and intermediate bass students.

About Matt
I earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

I currently teach private guitar lessons, sing and play guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribe music professionally for a wide variety of clients. Occasionally, I write articles or do interviews that appear in magazines such as Guitar World. In the past, I worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. I also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the duration of my 18 year teaching career, I have taught over 1000 students of all ages and levels of experience.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Tom May 15, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I take bass lessons with Matt. Guitar is his #1 instrument, but his bass playing is really impressive. And, his overall musical knowledge is unmatched. Look no further for a guitar / bass tutor!
Silhouette-80
Emily May 14, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Wow! What a talented guy! I'm learning so much and having a great time. Thanks Matt!
Silhouette-80
William May 14, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Great teacher with a very broad set of knowledge and guitar playing skills.
View Details
View Profile
Matt B.

Matt B.

Online
(85)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Charley C.

Close
Profile_76061_pi_2011-07-20%20P22
Columbus, OH

View Full Profile

I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele for rock, pop, folk, country, blues, and worship music. I've been playing for 36 years, and teaching for 14 years. When you study bass with me you will learn chord structure, scales, practical music theory, improvisation, sight reading, tablature, and most importantly songs by your favorite artists. I love to teach people to play their favorite music!

About Charley
My name is Charley and I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele for rock, pop, folk, country, blues, and worship music. I've been playing for 36 years, and teaching for 14 years. I love to teach people to play music and especially to teach them to play songs by their favorite artists!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Max B. August 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son is so excited for his next lesson. His response after his first lesson was "Boy, that went fast. He's really nice. Can't wait for next week!"
So thankful and blessed!
Silhouette-80
Nathan B. April 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He took extra time when we first started to find out where my daughter was at in her skill and ability, made a book and plan for her, and the took extra time each week to answer every question and really try to teach her effectively. She enjoyed it and wanted to go because she was learning and improving. She even started to appreciate the homework he gave. Will definitely consider him again if the logistics work out.
Silhouette-80
Addison W. March 10, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Charley is extremely patient and is very aware of Addison's ability and teaches at a pace perfect for her.
View Details
View Profile
Charley C.

Charley C.

Online
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Matthew S.

Close
Profile_99351_pi_20161122115719393023
Fairfax, VA
View Full Profile

Learn how to read music and chords and be able to play in a simple rock band setting.

About Matthew
Hello! I am originally from the United Kingdom and have lived in the USA for 10 years. I am married and have 2 huskies! I have been a music teacher for over 20 years and have taught various instruments which are listed. I gained my masters degree in music from trinity in London. I also have been involved in theater and film for over 30 years and have studied theater at studio theater in Washington DC and have been a principal speaking actor on various shows on cable TV including, History Channel, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, AMC and Fox News. I have also been involved in local theater for over 4 years as well as theater companies in other areas in the USA and in England. I have also directed and works in kids theater for 3 years and run fun summer camps that have an emphasis on music and arts. I love to teach and you will have a enjoyable time a
nd learn some amazing things. I also teach video editing and production and have filmed and edited many videos that are used today in HR training
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Anu February 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great in-home first lesson... Thanks!
View Details
View Profile
Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Online
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Diego H.

Close
Profile_106802_pi_DSC_0107
Van Nuys, CA
View Full Profile

I firmly think that leaning a music instrument must be a joyful and fun experience and it should be all about having fun as long as students accomplish their musical goals and build up their confidences. That is pretty much what I do in my bass lessons by guiding my students in the process of achieving their own aims, supervising that every single step is well taken and making them realize about their small but valuable achievements so that they are able to develop musical confidence.
Just let me help you accomplish your goals of bass playing and have fun as long as you do so.

About Diego
In addition to being responsible, reliable and patient. I’m a fanatic for teaching – particularly when it is about guiding children, adolescents, and adults in their love for learning music. As a music instructor with more than eight years' experience, I have learned how to teach instruments such as guitar, bass, and piano in an efficient and enjoyable way, always looking for satisfying students' needs and their love for playing. I will bring my expertise to every single lesson in order to help you out to accomplish your musical goals with the best outcomes. When do we start?
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Emily October 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He is very patient and respectfull and did a great job encouraging my little girl. We are happy to have found him.
Silhouette-80
Susie August 23, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
I actually got these lessons for my Mom who is 86 yrs young. After her list lesson she called me and said she was very glad I picked Diego for her instructor, he has the patience that she'd hope for. They both sang together in Spanish it was awesome and she is very excited to continue her classes with Diego.. So I'm going to bumper her up to 45 min. Instead of 30 min on her next set of classes. Thanks Diego for helping make my Mom's dreams of playing classical guitar come true.... her daughter...Susie
View Details
View Profile
Diego H.

Diego H.

Online
(2)
starting at
$34 / 30-min

About Austin K.

Close
Profile_124652_pi_29662331_931570943671528_3042377304347646571_o
Deltona, FL
View Full Profile

These lessons will focus on getting a student to the point where they're comfortable playing while reading music, following a specific tempo, and creating their own rhythm. Each lesson will be customized for each student so that the learning environment is fun and energetic. Student's learn techniques while also learning a song that the technique applies too so that they can enjoy the music their making without all of the boring in-between.

About Austin
I love teaching others, and I love music. So what better to do with my time than to spread the knowledge and joy with others who are interested. Music is fun, relaxing, and exciting all at the same time. I've been teaching for 6+ years with several different types of students, and have studied with a professor at Stetson's University of Music, while also networking with several longtime instructors to learn how too better convey the information being taught. So if you're enthusiastic and excited about music lets take the journey together and pursue your aspirations further!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jaylen B. May 19, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Austin is patience, kind and very caring. He teaches at your individual level. My grandson love his lessons and look forward to them. That is an amazing accomplishment. Thank you Austin!!! You are doing a wonderful job.
Silhouette-80
Shirley May 9, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In home
My grandson loved his lesson.
Silhouette-80
Rachel March 24, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Definitely has a great understanding of guitar and is easy to understand. Professional and patient, always ready to answer questions.
View Details
View Profile
Austin K.

Austin K.

Online
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Portland, OR?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Average Cost of Bass Guitar Lessons in Portland, OR

The average cost of 60-minute bass guitar lessons in Portland is $53. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $70 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$31 average
$40
45-min $35
 
$42 average
$55
60-min $45
 
$53 average
$70

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute bass guitar lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute bass guitar lessons are 21% less expensive at $42, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $31.

Curious how much bass guitar lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best bass guitar teachers near Portland.

Get Started with Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More