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Experience to teach you to play piano, guitar, violin, bass and banjo at Euphonic Studio in Mount Vernon, Iowa… call 319.895.8002 today to arrange for a free, no-obligation introductory lesson.

Bass Lessons at Euphonic Studio

Our Yamaha RBX800F fretless bass, a great eBay find for us. You can take fretless bass lessons at Euphonic Studio

Our Yamaha RBX800F fretless bass, a great eBay find for us. You can take fretless bass lessons at Euphonic Studio

Bass lessons at Euphonic Studio will give you the edge you need to play the bass well and understand what you are doing musically.

Bass was my first fretted instrument. When I was first learning it, I had several advantages over a beginner. I had studied piano for a decade, so I could read the music and had a feel for the role that bass plays in an ensemble. I had played in a group where I was playing bass lines on the piano so my piano lessons doubled as bass lessons. I have perfect pitch, so when I was learning bass parts from recordings it was easy to follow the rhythm section and get the notes. Also, the music in that particular group was fairly easy pop music so it provided some ensemble playing without being overly challenging. Later I played in the pit orchestra for a Broadway musical, and that was an excellent introduction to more advanced harmony and less common keys.

I have also played keyboard bass on a synthesizer for two bands (like The Doors) and spent many, many hours kicking bass pedals on an organ when I was in sales. Between that, real bass experience, and 2 years of college music theory I have a great background to teach you to play bass.

Areas of study for bassists

To play bass fluently requires development of your coordination and muscle strength. Since the bass part really drives the band in most cases (drummers might feel differently about this, but they’re followers) you must also develop a very strong sense of rhythm and grooves. If you play fretless you really need a marriage of your pitch sense and muscle memory not too different from violin.

I use some basic materials for beginners, the Hall Leonard course in 3 books. This will get you reading and playing with a CD. For those who have played other bass clef instruments I have other materials designed for muscle development.

One of the most useful things for a bassist to practice is playing with other people or recordings.  I will help you learn how to play with recordings, starting with the ones that come bundled with the teaching materials we use.

As far as playing with others, you may need to develop a bit of technique and musical knowledge before you’ll be able to do that.  However, if you work at playing along with recordings, you can bootstrap yourself up fairly quickly and then find some people to jam with.

Bill Niemi
Euphonic Studio Bass Lessons
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mount Vernon, Iowa serving Cedar Rapids, Marion, Solon, Mechanicsville, Ely, Springville, Anamosa, Iowa City and surrounding area

For information about music lessons and digital recording at Euphonic Studio, call Bill at 319.895.8002

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