Eli Broxham

Eli B.

Chicago, IL
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Upright Bass
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Upright Bass Lessons

Available Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Upright bass can be one of the most versatile instruments. Players of the instrument find themselves in settings ranging from symphony orchestras to bluegrass bands and everything in between. With the modern music world become more receptive to acoustic instruments, as well as amplification technology evolving, upright bassist can also become members of rock bands or hip-hop groups. In lessons, I teach the student how to navigate the instrument in a way that allows them to pursue whatever genre they want. I focus on skills that are universal to music, as well as specific skills for different styles of playing. As a double bassist, I have played in jazz combos, big bands, orchestras, chamber groups, and bluegrass/ old-time groups. I'm excited to share my love and knowledge of this instrument with other players!

About Eli B.

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.

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Reviews (7)

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Jonathan F. Oct 30, 2016
Upright Bass · In home

Super cool guy. A lesson with Eli is the perfect blend of his knowledge, expertise, patience, and overall chill. 5 stars all the way.

Justin Sep 29, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

Eli is professional, courteous, & patient. All qualities that make him a good instructor. We are very satisfied & glad our son enjoys his lessons.

Zack Botkin Feb 26, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

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

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

Eli focused on my needs and helped me to improve during my very first lesson!

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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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.

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.

Feb 2013 - Present


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.

Mar 2016 - Mar 2016

Chicago Bass Festival

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


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


2017 Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Participant
Apr 2017

Savannah Music Festival and Mike Marshall's Acoustic Music Seminar

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



American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Nov 2014
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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