Nicholas Fane

Nicholas F.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
August 2012

I was born in the West Suburbs and began playing bass during high school. I moved to the city to attend music school at Columbia College Chicago, which I concluded with honors in the Spring of 2013. Since then, I have had the opportunity to play with a variety of bands at venues such as the House of Blues, Cubby Bear, Abbey Pub, Elbo Room, and others. With a firm grasp on a variety of styles of bass playing, such as pop, R&B, rock, alternative, blues, jazz, etc., I have had the opportunity to perform with numerous artists making original music in Chicago. Over the past year, I have also spent time touring on a national and international level with the Nick Moss Band, a blues outfit based in Chicago.

With a style firmly rooted in traditional music theory, I have a strong grasp over the concepts upon which 99% of Western Music is built, from modern pop songs to the compositions of J.S Bach. That, combined with a very strong musical ear, gives me the ability to learn and teach music by ear or on paper, a valuable skill that any musician can use to their benefit.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me can be expected to not only go into the basic techniques of bass playing, but beyond that to the application of music theory, ear training, sight reading, etc. I don't just want to make you a great bass player, but a great musician.

Lessons with me are as rigorous as you want them to be; I don't believe in putting down students who don't have time in a week to devote hours of their time to the concepts discussed the previous week. We all have busy lives, and every student is different, so you will call the pace for our lessons together. If you are in a position to dedicate yourself to the instrument, I guarantee that there will be no shortage of material to which I can introduce you.

Here's a rundown of things I hope to work on with my students:

-Basic technique, such as finger position, plucking methods, and exercises to practice these skills
-Practical music theory, such as the fundamentals of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and how to apply these to learning new music or writing original material
-Ear training exercises to aid in discerning bass parts without the "Guess the Note" game
-The ability to read standard music notation for bass (sheet music) as well as how to interpret chord charts
-The ability to transcribe efficiently. This means listening to a track of your choosing and writing out the entire bass line from beginning to end.
-Standard rehearsal etiquette to build discipline, an invaluable tool for any musician in a rehearsal scenario
-Anything you have questions about! If you ever have a song with a favorite bass part that you would like help in figuring out, I would be more than happy to help you.

Let me emphasize that I have no intention of giving my students more than they can handle. The above list is an outline of the services I can offer, but is not a requirement for all students. Again, I will work at the pace that you decide, and help facilitate your development as a musician. That, above all, is my top priority.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are asked to have an amp and bass on hand. I will bring my own bass, but no amplifier.

*** Online Lesson Details ***
Students need to have a webcam on their PC/laptop with a bass and amplifier, so that I can hear them well over the internet.

*** Specialties ***
I'm proficient in most/all genres of American popular music dating back to the fifties, be it Blues, R&B, Rock, Soul, Alternative, Folk, etc.

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Bass Player
Jan 2014 - Present
Nick Moss Band

Performing with 16-time Blues Music Award nominee Nick Moss, a blues guitarist and Chicago native. Nick Moss Band performs a variety of styles (blues, soul, funk, rock n‘ roll) at various venues across the United States and Europe.


Bachelor's of Music
Sep 2009 - Jul 2013
Columbia College Chicago


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Watch this to get to know me and my experience a little, and to learn what I can offer you as a teacher!
Phil Jacobson Band playing the final round of IAM Fest at Elbo Room, which we went on to win! I was getting some pretty great tone that night!
This is a solo piece I did for my Senior Recital at Reggie's Rock Club. It's an arrangement of the songs "Continuum" by Jaco Pastorius, and "Third Stone from the Sun" and "The Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi Hendrix. I didn't realize I was making such goofy faces until later!
This is a basic sample lesson where I approach a basic topic, the C Major scale, from a beginner, intermediate and advanced perspective!
Performing at the House of Blues with the Phil Jacobson Band in August 2013

Promo photo for my senior recital at Columbia College Chicago, April 2013


5 Reviews

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Michael S. Jan 6, 2015
Bass Guitar ·

As a fellow music instructor I know a great teacher when I see one and Nick is one of the best. His high level of musicianship and extensive knowledge inspires everyone around him.

Aside from being an amazing player, Nick is a kind and reliable person. He is great at breaking concepts down and explaining them in a clear way, which is essential for helping students through their most difficult challenges.

If you are looking to become the bass player of your dreams, Nick is your man!

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Doug L. Nov 10, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Great students make great teachers!

Nick was my bass student at Columbia College - he also studied with Chuck Webb. He was an excellent student, always motivated. punctual, enthusiastic and right on top of all the assignments.

He has turned into a terrific professional player and will make a fantastic bass teacher. He knows the instrument inside out and is an excellent communicator. I highly recommend him to teach you or your child the bass guitar.


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Kelsey M. Oct 31, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

A wonderfully knowledgable teacher and mentor

Nick has an immense amount of music theory and bass technique knowledge but I think the thing that sets him apart is his patience, reliability, passion, and his belief in others. Nick has a wonderful work ethic and will work hard to provide his student's with whatever they need.

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mike V. Oct 30, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Outstanding musician and teacher. Cannot go wrong.

I had the honor and pleasure of writing, performing, and recording along side Nick for about 6 months. His skills, competence, and professionalism are unmatched among any of the musicians I have ever worked with and you will be lucky to have him as a teacher.

Nick's expertise goes far beyond playing bass and music theory; he is also a student of the actual instrument. He understands the nuances and theory of tonal quality that puts him in a league above other technically impressive bass players.

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Madeleine P. Sep 1, 2013
Music Theory ·

I like to call him Dr. Fane because he's worthy of the title.

Nick has all the skills of a remarkable musician and promising qualities of a teacher for any age. He makes lessons interesting and relevant to each and every student. I started off with a very basic knowledge of theory and through each lesson my theory and musicianship skills multiplied. He makes learning music fun and practical according to your specific needs.

Nick accommodates to how you specifically learn, rather than sticking to one way of teaching. For example, if you don't quite get it at piano, he'll play it on guitar, sing it, hum it, clap it or whatever works for you. He always finds a way for me to understand no matter how lost I may be at first.

One of his greatest teaching qualities is the motivation he provides. Even on the bad days, he finds something to encourage you with. He is also a big believer of learning through one's mistakes. Therefore whenever you make a mistake, it's just another stepping stone to success. He is reliable beyond belief and very flexible with lesson times. I reassure you that Nick will take you to any level of music that you wish to achieve and you'll have fun doing so!

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