What is a good age to start bass guitar lessons?

Students aged 10 and over usually have more focus and commitment, but this is a rough guideline. It’s also never too old to learn and make great progress with playing bass!

Do I need to be able to read music?

It is possible to succeed playing the bass without reading music.
But I encourage everyone to learn some basic music theory including reading rhythm notation.

How often do I need to practise?

You will need to practice what you are taught each lesson so a total of an hour a week is recommended if you want to make good progress.
I’ve noticed that those who make the most progress practise a bit every day.

What bass guitar should I buy?

Well it depends……. !!
Visiting a music shop, trying out a few instruments and getting good advice will save you money in the long run.
You can book a Taster Session and try out gear here if getting to a store is tricky. My advice always is ‘try before you buy’ if possible.
For lessons you will need a bass, (and a lead, amp and tuner at home).

Do I need to buy books?

Most lesson material will be provided.  Occasionally I do recommend a particular tutor book depending on the individual. Students studying for graded exams will need to purchase the grade study book and pay an examination fee.

What sort of music will I be playing?

We can look at the different genres you like and pick some tracks to play. I’ll ensure the pieces we work on build your skills and technique.

I’d really like to treat someone to a lesson as a present.

Great idea! I do offer gift vouchers so drop me a note via my contact page and we can arrange one.

Note to parents:
If you are looking for a teacher for your child I am more than happy to advise on starting them out on an exciting musical journey! I have an enhanced CRB check and wide experience of teaching youngsters.