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Bass Lessons

AGES:  6-20 and Adults

LESSON LENGTH:  30 and 60 Minutes


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

         Our 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 bass skills, whether you’re picking the 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 bass anatomy.  Define and locate all the working parts on the bass. How to hold the bass is the next important step.  Learning to properly position the bass on your body and hand placement is important.  Learning to hold the pick correctly is next in line.   While you don’t always hold a pick when playing bass, it’s still a very essential and overlooked bass skill!

Beginner Curriculum

  1. Learn easy beginner songs

  2. Easy warm-ups

  3. Learn to tune your bass

  4. Basic music theory

  5. Basic music reading

  6. Basic scales

  7. Basic Metronome (Learn to play in time)


          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. Reading Music from 2nd – 5th position

  2. Scales (Major, Minor, Pentatonic and Harmonic Minor)

  3. Learning your favorite songs

  4. Reading Tabs

  5. Reading Charts and Scores

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

  7. Basic Arpeggios

  8. Ear Training

  9. Right hand techniques (Plucking, Slap, Tapping and Alt. M-I-IM)

  10.  Muting String

  11. Metronome (Learn to play in time)


  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


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

  1. Reading music from 5th -17th position

  2. Scales and Modes (Advanced, all positions)

  3. Learning your favorite songs

  4. Right hand techniques (alt, Slap, Pluck M-I_I-M)

  5. Classical techniques (Up-Right Bow)

  6. Chord voicing (Advanced, all positions)

  7. Soloing (How scales and modes relate to solos)

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

  9. Advanced ( Hammer-ons, Pull- offs, Vibrato and Slides)

  10. Ear Training (Interval recognition, Chord harmony)

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

  12. Finger tapping  (2 hand)  Right hand 2&3 finger tapping

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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