Eli Broxham

Eli B.

Chicago, IL

About Eli B.

Eli teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2012
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

One of the great things about being a bassist is that you can play with a lot of different groups. From jazz combos and rock bands, to bluegrass bands and string quintets, the bass can be an integral part of each. For me, learning and playing many different types of music has added to the joy of being a bass player. Through teaching and performing, I hope to share my enthusiasm for the instrument.

I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.

Photos and Videos

Ask Your Folks performs at City Winery in May 2016

Experience

Bass Tutor

Sep 2016 - Present
St. Charles North High School

I am the in-house bass instructor at St. Charles North High School. On Thursday mornings, I teach for the entire school day before heading back to Chicago for the week.

Consultant

Oct 2013 - Present
Kelly High School

I travel down to Kelly High School several times a month to work with students in a private lesson setting, or to help out groups of players either with orchestra music, or basic fundamentals of the instrument.

Performer

Feb 2013 - Present
Freelance

Over the past three years I have steadily grown my reputation as a sought after and reliable side man or collaborator, playing with acts as a side man, or main collaborator in the genres of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Progressive Folk, Honky Tonk Country, Rock and Roll, and Blues. Making my living playing and teaching music, I understand what goes into being a professional in both the musical and interpersonal sense.

Bass Instructor

Jun 2011 - Present
Eli B.'s Bass Studio

I have been teaching privately since I was in high school on both electric bass and upright bass. I have the experience of working with younger students who are just beginning to helping students who are auditioning for colleges or college orchestras.

Clinician

Mar 2016 - Mar 2016
Chicago Bass Festival

I lead a workshop on contemporary folk bass techniques at the 2016 Chicago Bass Festival

Education

Bachelor of Music - String Bass Performance Major

Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
DePaul University

High School Diploma

Aug 2008 - May 2012
St. Charles North High School

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

DePaul Symphony Orchestra

Sep 2013
DePaul University

Principal Bassist

Sep 2012
DePaul University

Principal Basist

Sep 2011
St. Charles North High School

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

May 2011
EYSO

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Nov 2014
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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7 Reviews on Eli B.

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Jonathan F. Oct 30, 2016
Upright Bass · In home
Verified Student
Super cool guy. A lesson with Eli is the perfect blend of his knowledge, expertise, patience, and overall chill. 5 stars all the way.
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Justin Sep 29, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Eli is professional, courteous, & patient. All qualities that make him a good instructor. We are very satisfied & glad our son enjoys his lessons.
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Zack Botkin Feb 26, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
If you are looking for an excellent bass teacher, look no further. You would be wasting your time. I've had a number of music instructors over the years, and I can easily say that Eli ranks at or near the top of that list.

Eli knew exactly where to start with me... he truly has an amazing ability to gauge where the student's level of knowledge is, and tailor the lesson exactly to that. Within a few lessons, I had improved my form tremendously. We covered everything that I wanted to learn, and wasted no time on things that I already knew.

What's more, a few of the instructors I have had in the past came off as a bit elitist and snobby. Eli is one of the most genuine guys around. He'll guide the lesson at your own pace, always willing to pause and show you something a second, third, or fourth time... At no point do you ever feel like you are going to ask a dumb question. This is a crucial trait of a good instructor, and Eli definitely has that going for him.

He is also quite accommodating. We typically do Skype lessons, but one there was one time that his room mate had made a slight miscalculation in the internet bill, which resulted in no internet that day. Rather than let that stop him, he actually brought his bass and amplifier on the bus, and came to my apartment to give me the lesson in person. He will make sure you get your lesson, one way or another.

My only regret is that I don't have a 6th star to give the guy! I definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the bass guitar.
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Iliamar I. Jan 18, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Eli is an excellent teacher. He is patient, kind and very respectful. He is preparing several of the kids in our church (La Casa de Dios in Chicago) to play in the worship group. They enjoy his lessons very much! Your work is very important to our church, thank you Eli!
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John R. Jan 10, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Eli focused on my needs and helped me to improve during my very first lesson!
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Owen B. Jul 15, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
I've known Eli for a long time. We have had many discussions exchanging teaching techniques and philosophies. It has always been apparent to me that he puts a lot of thought into each of his students to find what will best allow them to succeed. I have even received a short lesson from him. He was very patient and clear. Highly recommend!
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Kirby K. May 21, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Eli is awesome! Taking lessons with him has allowed me to explore all my different musical interests in depth, and has opened my eyes to the subtle and beautiful nuances that playing classical music requires. He's helped me make music with this instrument that I didn't even know I was capable of making. He's a great teacher, and and an insanely talented bassist.
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