Chris McGowan

Chris M.

Montgomery, IL

Lesson Details



Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
May 1998

Bass Lessons with Recording/Mixing/Live/Bass Maintenance and more!

My name is Chris M. I'm a 24 yr touring vet. I've been on tour, played at venues across the country, and recorded great studio albums. I am also a recording engineer and live mixer. All of this goes into teaching you how to play Bass Guitar. Communication is the key and making sure you understand everything, from how to tune, to how to adjust your neck/pickups, how to go direct for a live show, how to record, what mics sound best on bass, Pro Tools sessions, and of course how to play, pick, thumb, slap pop, and finger more. I specialize in teaching beginner classes as well as intermediate classes. If you not sure where you stand, that's ok too just ask me a question to see if I can help you get to where you wanna be with your playing/mixing/recording etc. Also if you are not interested in recording or any other things that's OK too although I do recommend it of course, but it is in no way extra as I just naturally want to teach you all of what I know.

My bass classes are done differently. I usually start of with home jam projects written, as we progress I start to include some online homework to spice things up, this might include drum tracks to jam to, maybe with a click to work on keeping time, or maybe just some awesome video's on turning scales into solo's or a fun groove. Sometimes I'll even have you jump around while you play, jump on a table and jump off while still keeping time and playing the correct notes, or I might just start yelling "FREE BIRD" at you when your working on a new song/piece.....:) That actually happened to me in Tennessee...

I recommend many different aspects of being a bassist. sites for getting cheaper strings, where to look for a band, and field trips to jam with a live drummer/band on rare occasions. We also have an open mic night on Wednesday evenings all ages till 10pm.

Another exciting aspect is RECORDING! When your ready we can do a jam session/instructional recording of our lesson together on an HD Pro Tools rig. It's always a great way to get into recording if you haven't already. Or maybe work on one of your original tunes. And if you want to book a recording session with your band or a guitarist/singer/pianist/etc. we can do that as well.

I also coach on gear(what amps I think are great sounding, which would sound good for your style of music and budget, what gear is good for recording(pre-amps, compressors, eq's, etc.). And of course work with in your budget. Cause lets face it, everyone would love to have a $50million dollar recording studio but for most of us that's not gonna happen. But that doesn't mean you can't get great recordings. Some of today's music you hear on the radio where recording in a hotel room, or artists home studio.

I also help you create your own songs. Not writing your riffs for you, but putting them together or giving you ideas. You can basically think of it as me Producing a song for you. I also do some of the more traditional things if need be. For example: I show you how to get into the pocket, when and how to give it that little extra something to make the bass stand out and say....BOOM! Or when to lay back a little and let the other guys do their thing.

I have played everything from Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Death Metal, Thrash, Reggae, Country, and even some Hip-Hop. So I can definitely help you excel in whatever genre you play in. Can also put you on the right track to booking shows. The how to, the where is a good place to play, and what the Chicagoland music scene is doing at the time, as I regularly play shows in the area. When you become a student at my Studio, you get 110% focus, and commitment from me.
All of my knowledge goes into teaching you to be a better musician. Might be how you move up and down the neck, how you always play major notes instead and skipping minor notes, or what to pack in your gig bag just in case.

Chris M.

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Bassist, Recording Engineer
Jan 2003 - Present
Shannon Richardson Band, Fist Funk Fury, Private Studio

I am the current bass player to 2 Chicago bands, Shannon Richardson Band, and Fist Funk Fury. As well as the owner of a private Studio. I have degrees in ProTools, Audio Engineering, Live Mixing, Mixing, and more from Detroit Institute of Engineering. And my music has been featured on radio/movies and more. It can be heard on Spotify(Shannon Richardson Band) and the movie Suicide Dolls at the 1 hour mark or so..

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Recording Engineer, Pro Tools Master Certified
Jan 2008 - Present
Recording Institute of Detroit
Sound Engineering
Jan 2010 - Jul 2013
Recording Institute of Detroit


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Ung-Pig latin language
Professional Proficiency


Pro Tools 101-4, Micing 101-4, Mixing, Live Mixing, Producing
Oct 2010
Recording Institute of Detroit


My song was featured in the movie Suicide Dolls
Jun 2010
Suicide Dolls


Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2014

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

With Shannon Richardson Band our song Get Up was featured on the intro to Saturday Night Spotlight on Time Warner Cable.
Songs called Get Up performed at Reggies Rock House, also featured in the movie Suicide Dolls. And on online radio/Slacker Radio/Spotify
Myself Jamming with with Shannon Richardson Band at Elbo Room Chicago/Reggies Rock House, The Birds Nest and many more 

Videos can be seen on just search Shannon Richardson Band!

Videos can be seen on just search Shannon Richardson Band!

Videos can be seen on just search Shannon Richardson Band

Videos can be seen on just search Shannon Richardson Band!

Me playing with Shannon Richardson Band at Hard Rock Cafe, Chicago

Me performing with Shannon Richardson Band-Girl from Yesterday at Reggies in Chicago.
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2 Reviews

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Bradley Aug 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

I have personally had a lot of lessons from Chris in many fields and I must say unlike most other teachers I have had he always ends up teaching you so many more aspects of what it is you are trying to learn. All of his experience from performing live in the bands to recording albums in the bands to being the one recording the bands. All of that comes out in his lessons and you learn so many aspects of what you are trying to learn. I recommend the bass lessons and he is just amazing with recording as well as live performance. It is a great experience and I plan to be taking many lessons to come. I really like how I am able to go and learn a lot of different things and aspects to a lesson where as the bigger schools and most teachers just kind of focus on the one aspect. Chris is really well rounded and you can get what you want out of your lessons.

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Ausin Aug 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Chris shared with me so much knowledge it was great. Always fun as well. It's the best time of the week for me. Many times he sneaks in lessons on stuff where doing while he helps me with a song I'm working on. And then he's teaching me how to record it. Whoever reads this you gotta ask him to record, you'll literally learn more than enough to keep you occupied and interested in what your working on. It's great man.

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