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Bass Guitar Classes

Learn to hold down the bottom end.

Our group classes focus specifically on the fretted electric bass - a perfect place to comfortably gather crucial basic skills. Beginners can jump right in at level one. During the course of your study, one can expect to cover fundamentals like tone, rhythm, theory and groove. Learn to be able to add a solid bottom to a wide variety of musical styles from blues and bluegrass to rock and pop.

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Saturday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Location: Online

Bass 2 with Charles Kim

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Paul McCartney Bass Style

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Basslines For An Endless Summer

Intermediate

Saturday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $$206 ($186 members)

A little bit of soul, a little bit of surf pack your bathing suit.

Location: Online

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

British Invasion Bass

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Time Machine: How to Build a Strong Rhythmic Foundation Workshop with Eli Broxham

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

What is Groove? A Workshop with Eli Broxham

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $169 ($149 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Reggae Bass

Advanced

Saturday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Examine the stylistic subsets of this essential music.

Location: Online

Bass Guitar 3

Intermediate

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Begin to apply general music theory and expand your techniques and vocabulary.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bass Guitar 1

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

4 strings that hold everything together.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bass Guitar 2

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Classic Soul Bass Lines

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Get up for the down stroke. Learn to work your four strings to keep folks on the dance floor.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Bass Repertoire

Intermediate

Many of our Bass classes rotate through the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/25/2022 – 06/19/2022

Monday 03/21/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 04/05/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/06/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/20/2022 – 08/14/2022

Monday 05/16/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 05/31/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/01/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/29/2022 – 10/23/2022

Monday 07/11/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/25/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/27/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/24/2022 – 12/18/2022

Monday 09/19/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/03/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/05/22: Open registration


Teachers

Click for teacher profiles and schedules

John Abbey »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Al Ehrich »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Dance & Movement - Qi Gong

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele (including Baritone), Mandolin

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Harlan Terson »
Bass Guitar, Guitar

Jon Wall »
Guitar, Ensembles, Bass