Bass Guitar Lessons

Finding bass lessons for kids

The bass guitar, also called simply the bass, looks and feels much like an electric guitar, only with a longer neck and fewer strings (either four or five, depending on the type). It is usually tuned an octave lower than the same notes on a guitar and is used as a rhythm instrument.


Like regular guitar lessons, bass guitar lessons help improve children's concentration, coordination, and dexterity, as well as bolster their self-esteem. If your child is interested in taking bass lessons, you have two choices: personal lessons at a music academy or with a private bass guitar teacher, or online bass guitar lessons.

Lessons with a Bass Guitar Teacher

Bass guitar teachers are generally bass players with years of experience, as well as knowledge of music theory and perhaps music pedagogy. They may work for a local music school or academy, or they may offer private lessons out of their home or studio.

The most important thing to look for in a bass guitar teacher, aside from knowledge and experience, is someone you and your child like and trust. Independent teachers are likely to charge a little less because they have less overhead than a larger school. On the other hand, schools sometimes offer beginner bass guitar lessons in a group setting, which are generally cheaper than private instruction. Keep in mind, though, that your child is likely going to need private instruction once he or she has progressed past the basics.

Online Bass Guitar Lessons

If your son or daughter is dedicated and tech-savvy enough to follow online lessons, these are an extremely cost-effective option for beginner bass guitar lessons. Many websites offer free instructional videos that introduce major concepts (parts of the bass guitar, bass guitar care and handling, etc.) and basic techniques (major chords, strumming patterns). For starters, you may want to search for YouTube videos with the keyword phrase "bass guitar lessons." You may even find channels that will have a link that you can download more lessons, but there may be costs for these downloadable lessons. Also, if you can find an instructor who enjoys hosting streaming video instructional lessons, that would be beneficial for a number of reasons. Depending on the streaming service, the learner will be able to ask the instructor lessons and receive feedback.

Keep in mind that these videos are preset and don't offer your child a chance to receive specific feedback. However, they can be played over and over again, so they're an extremely affordable way to get your child started. Then, once you know he or she is serious about playing bass, you can transition into in-person lessons for more advanced, individualized instruction.

No matter what type of lessons your child takes, it is essential that he or she practices the techniques learned for at least 20 to 30 minutes every day. A large part of playing bass guitar, or any instrument for that matter, is developing the muscle memory, and that only happens with regular practice.