School Of Excellence


AGES:  9-20 and Adults

LESSON LENGTH:  30 and 60 Minutes


      Learning how to play the double bass is a wonderful journey, and you’re at a crucial stage: finding a great double bass teacher. We feel the double bass teachers at Music First have the education, experience, creativity and dedication to teach you Classical, Blues, Rock, Jazz and any double bass style in between- at any level.  We are confident we can guide you through your learning experience.

         Our double bass teachers will help you to manage and schedule your learning materials and effectively explain its importance and meaning.   They will also help you to better organize your practice material and show you how to effectively manage your practice time.   Music First Learning Center prides itself and its teachers on helping to build a positive confidence level.


       Now you have made the decision to advance your double bass skills, whether you’re picking the double bass up for the first time or building on what you already know.  Congratulations!  You are ready to dive in and get started with your lessons.

Music First has developed its own core lesson curriculum code: titled ADEPT.  This stands for:

  • APPLICATION:  Teacher application and communication of material.

  • DETAILS:  Attention to the small details in your lessons

  • EDUCATORS:  Learning starts with great educators.

  • PATIENCE:  To be an effective teacher they need to have patience.

  • TECHNIQUE:   Teaching proper technique is paramount.


ADEPT is a train of thought our teachers apply to their lessons.  It’s a guide to help our teachers help our students obtain their goals.  


One of the first things you learn is the double bass anatomy.  Define and locate all the working parts on the double bass. Learning proper standing posture, hand and bow placement is important.  

Beginner Curriculum

  1. Learn easy beginner songs

  2. Proper posture (Standing and bowing placement)

  3. Easy scales

  4. Easy warm-ups

  5. How to properly hold the double bass

  6. Basic music theory

  7. Basic music reading

  8. Ear training

  9. Proper left hand posture

  10. How to tune the double bass


          If you have discovered that you are an intermediate bassist, this is an exciting period in your bass development.  This period is where you will start to discover your own playing potential.  Listed below are some of the basics in our Core Curriculum.

Core Curriculum

  1. Shifting exercises

  2. Learning your favorite songs

  3. Scale warm-ups (Position shifting)

  4.  Reading Charts and Scores

  5. Music Theory (Learning Key signatures, Chord theory and basic scale theory)

  6. Arpeggios ( Proper fingering/shifting)

  7. Ear Training (Learning tone, clarity and interval recognition)

  8. Hand Memory  (Memorizing process)

  9. Sight reading

  10. Two-octave scales

  11. Position etudes and exercises


  Advanced students will start with our CIRCULAR bass development curriculum.  This stands for:

  • CREATIVITY:  Student demonstrates their creative interpretation of a piece of music.       

  • IMPROVISATION/IMAGINATION: The student practices and demonstrates the ability to improvise over any style of music.

  •  RHYTHMIC/READING: Student understands meter. 4/4, 6/8, 7/8, Etc.  The ability to read and interpret music.  

  • COMMUNICATION:  How the student communicates their musical ideas to an audience.  

  • UNCHARACTERISTIC:  Implement and develop their unique musical style.

  • LYRICAL:  Expressing the writer’s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.  

  • ADAPTATION:  Student has the ability to adapt to any musical environment.

  • RESOLUTE:  Stay determined, set goals and never stop playing.


CIRCULAR bass development curriculum is a performance plan developed by Music First for the intermediate/advanced bassist.  

Here are just a few of the specific concepts your teacher will help you with in relationship with our CIRCULAR bass program.

  1. Advanced sight reading

  2. Scales and Modes (2 and 3 octaves)

  3. Learning your favorite songs

  4. Outlining (Polishing a piece)

  5. Speed Practice (Shifting)

  6. Chord voicing (Proper intonation)

  7. Bowing and articulations (Detache’, Mertele’, Legato, Staccato, Spiccato, Ricochet

  8. Improvisation (How to interpret scales/modes/arpeggios into solos)

  9. Advanced (Trills and tremolos)

  10. Ear Training (Interval recognition, Chord harmony)

  11.  Advanced theory (How chords, scales, modes and arpeggios relate)

  12. Arpeggios (Proper bowing and finger independence)

  13. Hand Shuttling

  14. Matching natural harmonics

  15. String polishing

  16. Advanced metronome work

We like to think that Music First is not only a business, but a community that’s here to help support music and arts in our schools and homeschools through private lessons and online music education.

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