Kai Chu

Kai C.

San Francisco, CA

Lesson Details



Kai delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
April 2008

Kai is a stellar music instructor who has been teaching private lessons and group classes for electric bass and guitar at several music schools in the Bay Area. His approach to teaching caters to the individual needs and interests of each student while also focusing on the development of a solid understanding of the fundamental elements of music.

Kai grew up in Georgia where he began his music education at the age of 5 with piano. After taking up guitar as a teenager, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston as a guitarist where he majored in Music Business. While at Berklee, Kai also studied voice and songwriting but ultimately gravitated toward his true musical calling, the bass. After graduating from Berklee, Kai briefly lived in New Orleans before moving to San Francisco, where he currently resides.

Armed with mad skills and extensive professional music experience, Kai is always ready to rock. As the bassist of the SF band Immigrant, who toured with international rock acts the Killers and Muse, Kai has performed for audiences of well over 5,000 at such renowned venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado and the LA Forum in Inglewood, California as well as the Warfield and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Other SF venues he has performed at include Bottom of the Hill, Rickshaw Stop, Red Devil Lounge, Café du Nord, and Slim’s. Kai has recorded at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco as well as many other professional and personal recording studios. Kai also plays double bass in the San Francisco Civic Symphony and is comfortable playing all different styles of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Kai is a patient, compassionate, and engaging instructor with experience teaching students of all ages and levels. Lessons are fun and cater to the individual needs and interests of each student with emphasis on developing a solid understanding of the fundamental elements of music. Kai has a very laid back approach to teaching but is also able to be more strict when it is suitable for helping to bring out the best in his students. The Hal Leonard Guitar and Bass Method books are often used as a starting point for study and much of materials used is specifically chosen, tailored, or created for each individual student. After 6 months of lessons with Kai, not only will students have learned about fundamentals including tuning, posture, reading, rhythm, and form, they will also have the ability to play at least one of their favorite songs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room on the 3rd floor

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my own instrument and student is expected to have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Specialty in rock with proficiency in most contemporary styles and genres.

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Photos & Videos

Live Acoustic In-Studio Radio Performance of song "Vanish" by SF band Immigrant with Kai on bass.
Photo by Kai C.

Photo by Kai C.


2 Reviews

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Susan S. Jun 16, 2013
Guitar ·

Versatile and patient

Kai is a versatile and patient teacher who can help you work on whatever you want to learn, be it songs, solos, theory or fundamentals. He gives constructive and practical feedback on how to improve practice time and playing. And he is great at breaking down songs and musical concepts into easily understandable chunks and helping you apply them to your actual playing.

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Ali H. Apr 24, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

If you wanna rock, learn with Kai!

This is a review for Kai. I just finished up the Intro to bass workshop. Prior to this workshop, I wasn't even fully sure what the difference is between a guitar and a bass.

Kai is an extremely patient teacher to say the least!

From start to finish, Kai helped me stay excited and confident which was so necessary as I found it easy to get discouraged. As a person, Kai is also super sweet. I had a terrific experience and would highly recommend this workshop to other novices.

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