JAN 30 2012

Finding the Right Bass Instructor For You


Figuring out which local bass guitar teacher is right for you can be really difficult if you’ve never taken formal music lessons in your life.


I had a lot of success with a local instructor so I am a little biased, but there is no denying the fact that one-on-one lessons are the best way to figure out what you need to work on for bass guitar. Having an expert in the room with you is great because they can diagnose and issues you are having and give you custom tailored advice right away.

How to Find a Teacher

There are a couple of ways you can go about searching for the perfect instructor.

1. Local music shops or instruction halls have lots of flyers for one-on-one instructors in your area.

2. Online – Use google to search in your area or look on Craigslist. Make sure you are comfortable meeting a stranger before you take this step.

3. Through referral – Ask all your friends that play bass and just ask them who taught them. Then try to get a referral discount!

Selecting The Teacher

Make sure the instructor fits all the qualities you are looking for. Here is some criteria you can use to pick the right teacher for you:

- Experience playing in a band / playing shows / touring

- Lots of music theory knowledge

- Excellent at bass (technical skill)

- Flexible hours

- Affordable

And anything else you may want to use as a factor in your decision.


It’s very important you pick a teacher that will instruct you in a way that you enjoy since you may spend a year of seeing this person once a week.

Best of luck in finding your bass guitar instructor. Have any tips about picking a bass guitar teacher? Please comment below.

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  • [...] for help is hard for a lot of people, me included. I personally advocate the use of a 1-on-1 bass instructor because that is how I started learning how to really play bass. There is no shame in just asking [...]

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