Dale Bales

Dale B.

Allston, MA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
July 2010

I have been studying and performing music since the age of 8. My experience includes bass guitar, piano (both being my primary instruments), trombone, and guitar; genres include jazz, praise and worship, country, rock, classical, ragtime, and funk. I am currently a student at Berklee College of Music pursuing a degree in Music Education. Locally, I play in two original bands, Congress and Old English. Through my academic knowledge and my real world performance on stage I am able to provide a well rounded curriculum.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching is based on a sequential method of progress, starting from the basics and appropriately moving forward to provide an excellent structure to assist learning. While I like to rely on this sequence I also understand that everyone is different and learns differently. This means that I personalize each students' curriculum to make sure that the main elements are being met while also meeting specific needs to keep enthusiasm. Education should be fun and effective and my teaching strives to accomplish both.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bedroom set up, two bass amps. Two cats- In house.

*** Specialties ***
On bass guitar I specialize in slapping, voicing chords, and establishing solid grooves. Genres that I am well versed in are Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, and Funk.

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Private Lessons
Jun 2005 - Dec 2008

Back home in Michigan I taught private lessons for both bass guitar and piano. This was done out of my home and I taught grades 8-11 primarily.


Music Education
Jan 2009 - Present
Berklee College of Music
General Diploma
Sep 2004 - Apr 2008
Grandville High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association for Music Education
Sep 2013

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

This is the latest performance of one of the bands that I currently play in, Old English.
This is an instructional video I made focusing on the use of double stops on the bass guitar.
Performing with Congress at the Oak Room on Long Island!
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1 Review

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Mike P. Jul 29, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Great Bass Teacher!

Dale is a fantastic teacher. I had bought my bass and tried to teach myself how to play but got nowhere in 3 months. After just 2 lessons, Dale had me mastering beginner blues and funk licks and gave me the tools to better myself. He listens to what I want to learn and then guides me on easy routes to get where I want to be. I highly recommend Dale to any beginner bass player!

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