Nate Sabat

Nate S.

Somerville, MA

Lesson Details

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn how to play the electric bass in any style! Nate has 8 years of playing experience on electric bass, including a Berklee College of Music degree from the bass department. He has extensive experience playing bass in rock/pop scenarios, and extensive practice reading and transcribing bass lines.
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Nate teaches



Nate delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
January 2014

Nate Sabat is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and Berklee College of Music graduate currently based in Boston, MA. He has been teaching one-on-one lessons through his private studio since the Winter of 2014, and, while studying at the Berklee College of Music, provided instruction as a core music tutor.

Lessons taught by Nate are very interactive. He focuses in on aspects of the subject that the student is interested in developing, while also providing a broader, deeper understanding of the subject as a whole. He is knowledgable and interested in a wide variety of musical styles and approaches, and is truly passionate and excited to watch his students expand their musical understanding.

As a performer, Nate has toured both nationally and internationally, performing on stages in The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Currently, he is a full-time member of Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve, and additionally plays with pop-rock artist Sean Trischka and Canadian-based progressive-folk group Aerialists. To date, he has performed and recorded with artists such as Kronos Quartet, The New York Pops, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and Eugene Friesen.

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Private Lessons
Jan 2014 - Present
Nate's Private Teaching Studio

Has provided one-on-one instruction from his private studio in a variety of musical subjects.

Core Tutor
Jan 2015 - May 2016
Berklee College of Music

Provided one-on-one instruction to fellow Berklee students through the school's core music tutoring program. Taught in subjects including ear training, jazz music theory, classical music theory, arranging, counterpoint, and conducting.


Professional Music
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Berklee College of Music
Vocal Music
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Department Achievement Award (Professional Music Department)
Mar 2015
Berklee College of Music
Department Achievement Award (Bass Department)
Mar 2014
Berklee College of Music


International Bluegrass Music Association
Sep 2015

IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

International Society of Bassists
Oct 2011

The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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Photos & Videos

Nate and fiddler Audrey Knuth performing an original song of Nate's called "I'll Be Fine".
Nate's bluegrass band Mile Twelve performing the bluegrass standard "Blue & Lonesome" live in the DC studios of WAMU's Bluegrass Country.
Nate playing electric bass on "Deep Toque" with the Canadian band Aerialists, written by member Adam Iredale-Gray.
A photo of Nate taken in the summer of 2014

Nate tracking upright bass on a film scoring session at the Berklee College of Music

Nate's bluegrass band Mile Twelve


5 Reviews

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David May 15, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

I've been working with Nate for almost a year now in the band Mile Twelve, and my experience with him has been incredible. Not only is he a amazingly well-learned, proficient, and creative musician, but he's one of the most understanding and helpful guys that I know. I've learned so much from playing with Nate, and I know his students are in good hands.

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Joe Mar 26, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Working with Nate is great! By working step by step through a couple songs I brought with me, and I noticed an across-the-board improvement in my playing after the first lesson. Plus, we have a good time of it!

Reid Mar 15, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

Nate has a very good ear, and is quickly able to identify problems, and thoroughly explain how to fix them. Whether a technique thing, or subtle nuances in timing, or tone, Nate always finds the clear path to expressing the goal, and how to get there.
I'd recommend Nate to anyone seeking to improve their playing. The rest is practice, practice, practice.

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Sam Mar 11, 2017
Songwriting · In studio

Nate has been my songwriting instructor for over a year. I have greatly benefited from his teaching. For nearly 30 years I had played guitar with the hope that songs would simply "happen". They didn't. Nate demystified the songwriting process. He has helped me to actually create songs from scratch (just a simple melody recorded on an iPhone) or to build on ideas that were riffs. Moreover, he focuses on all aspects of songwriting: Lyrical content, melody, harmony and recording/production. So, I have, at the end of our work, an actual recorded song (professionally produced) that I can share with friends or keep in the vault. Nate is very patient and a good listener. He tries to understand what my songs are about and how to better reflect the message through the music. I highly recommend Nate. He has been a great musical mentor.

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Ken Mar 11, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

Nate is an excellent teacher. I take lessons from Nate on a monthly basis. He is a very talented professional musician and instructor. Nate has a passion for teaching proper former and technique as well as beginner to advanced music theory. I highly recommend Nate!

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