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How to give bass lessons

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by eric atkinson, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hey is there any bass players in here that also give lessons? Ive played bass for 20 years and just now thought about giving lessons. But iam not sure were to start from! Is there some kind of book to go on? Any ideas? Iam wanting to give lessons to people that have played for awhile not beginers! Any ideas will be helpfull.
  2. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    Yeah man, just thinking the same myself. Could afford to burn a few hours here and there.
  3. Find a friend or a friend of a friend that wants to play bass, or learn how to play better bass, and offer to teach them. First one out of the chute is free. Depending on how much they know already dictates where you start. After the free one there is a learning curve you must go through before you can charge for your efforts. Only you know when that will be.

    Teaching is a whole lot different than playing. I recommend you get one of the how to books and let that be your lesson plan. Your student may be on page 1 or page 35 of the how to book - you build your lesson plans from where he is now.

    Buy him a copy of the book you will use and the two of you go through it page by page. Assign page numbers as homework, i.e. next week read page 22 to 30. Play the exercises on page 27 and be ready to show me what you can do with that exercise next time we meet.

    The homework assignment is written out on paper and handed to the student. Just telling them the assignment never seems to make it to their home......

    If you have a friend that teaches school ask them about their lesson plans. Why do they have a lesson plan? They may say; "Because the Principal makes me". :banghead: IMO the lesson play is vital.

    I had one of those music store back room teacher that winged my lessons. We ended up just noodling. I only went to him for two lessons and moved on to a teacher that had his own studio, and filling cabinet full of home work assignments. John would reach back and pull out what I needed..

    My point there is a lot of home work on your part....... before the student arrives.

    Most of the newbys I've taught never practiced, so I cut them loose fairly quick, but, there are always a few that do get it, and that makes all my efforts worth while.

    Good luck.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018

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