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Darren S.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Speaks Mandarin (Chinese) 中文, Cantonese (Chinese) 广东话, Thai ภาษาไทย, English
  • Bachelor of Music / Double Bass Performance from The Hartt School @ University of Hartford
  • Teaching since 2016
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Darren S.

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Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from honing bow technique, to left-hand formation and fingering choices, to reading musical notation, interpreting music and learning rhythm.

My goal is to help students develop a technical foundation on the bass for playing just about any kind of music that they are interested in, and to support students with practicing tips for areas in their playing where they want to improve. My specialty is symphony orchestra training, so I primarily use both the Essential Elements for Strings books and Suzuki Bass School series at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce standard orchestral repertoire, sonatas, and concertos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far I have helped students get into All-States, ensembles at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and Berklee College of Music, Districts/Regional ...

About Darren

Darren is one of the leading private teachers for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs. Darren focuses on improving his students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, an

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Caroline
Darren is great. He has been teaching my daughter the upright bass for over three years (since she started). She has progressed quickly under his guidance and is now the principal bass for her orchestra,. Darren is very encouraging, and yet he also challenges his students to keep improving. Darren has taught my daughter in person at our house, but since March 2020 she has taken virtual lessons. Darren is totally comfortable in this format, so we'll likely stick with the virtual lessons for good. Overall Darren is just a great teacher. I highly recommend him!
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I have been with Darren for something around 5 ish years and I improved beyond my dreams from when I started. With him I was able to rise orchestra levels, improve my technique drastically and even do districts! (For context I'm a freshman in high school now) Darren is my favorite bass teacher I've had and I am doing all states with him in the fall, hopefully. He's helped me with everything from auditions to grinding on orchestra pieces to starting jazz for the advanced jazz band. If you're looking for a teacher who will cater to your individual needs and listen to you and what you want to learn all the while seriously improving your bass, Darren's the one for you!
Justin
Darren is a fantastic instructor, adept at teaching newcomers and more experienced players alike. There is no aspect of the art of bass playing that he cannot offer assistance in strengthening. For every hurdle I have encountered, he has devised an exercise that helps me get over it. He is particularly skilled at diagnosing the reason why a particular piece, passage, technique, or sound on the instrument is not quite there and then offering the precise advice on how to get it to the next level. I could not recommend him highly enough
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Michelle T.

188 Reviews
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Starting at $37
  • Associates of Fine Arts from Georgia Highlands
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2009
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Michelle T.

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My main focus is on the bow.

About Michelle

Your private lessons come with EssentialElementsInteractive (free). You will be able to submit assignments, questions, and practice log-free with your book. You must purchase the book's essential elements for strings. After you purchase your lessons an amazon wish list will be provided. I special

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Varad
Michelle is a wonderful teacher. She conducts the lessons in a way that is easy to follow and always makes sure to go into the whys so that I understand the rational behind the all exercises and techniques. She's very perceptive and quick to identify problem areas and provides tips on how to fix them. Overall, the lessons with her are really fun and enjoyable!
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Ali M.
Michelle is a wonderful teacher. She has been helping my 10 year old daughter with the violin. Michelle is patient, provides wonderful coaching advice. My daughter looks forward to the classes and has shown a greater interest since taking lessons from Michelle. Thank you Michelle!
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Jordi L.

42 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 2016
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Jordi L.

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A couple years ago I combined the upright position of my cello with the strings of my electric bass to pick up the double bass and have been in love with it since! I’ve spent a great deal of time developing comfortable technique and practice habits that I am eager to share with beginner upright bass players. I have experience playing a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz and bluegrass to rock, pop, and country. Regardless of the style, my lessons typically focus on reinforcing a strong technical foundation (pizzicato and bow) and productive practice routine including, but not limited to, scales and arpeggios, rhythmic training, ear-training and theory, and reading (sheet music and chord charts). I am prepared to work with my students on any bass goals they have, from refining orchestral repertoire to improvising walking bass lines and soloing. In the past I have used Essential Elements 2000 and Rhythmic Training (Rob Starer), as well as several scale and theory resources to help

About Jordi

Jordi Lara is a multi-instrumentalist educator, session musician, and freelance performer in the Atlanta/Athens, Georgia area. He received his Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Georgia in 2021 as well as a minor in Jazz Studies (electric/upright bass). During his time at U

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Sharon
Amazing teacher. Nice, understanding, and very helpful. I had already been playing the cello for a little while and he is a much better teacher than the one I had before. I would highly recommend to anyone from beginner to advanced.
Kaylie
I have always wanted to play the cello but never had any musical experience. I was hesitant doing online lessons at first but that worry quickly ran away when I had my first online lesson with Jordi. Jordi was so welcoming and it made me excited for the next lesson to come! He is extremely patient and encouraging whenever I would mess up or get a bit nervous playing which helps my anxiety. I always learn something new from him every time we meet and he creates a clear plan on what to work on for my next lesson. He is an understanding teacher and tailors to your experience level and the kind of music genre you like to play. He is also very flexible with his schedule. I'm a senior in high school so I have many things on my plate but he's willing to make time fit mine and his schedule. I'm very thankful to have him as my cello teacher. If you're researching and contemplating which teacher you should choose, picking Jordi is the smartest choice! :)
William
My daughter loves her cello lessons and has made amazing progress. Jordi is both professional and relaxed which is a great combination.
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Andrea V.

15 Reviews
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  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1997
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Andrea V.

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Being an active and experienced musician gives me the necessary knowledge to know what is needed on order to become a better musician. Also having over 20 years of teaching experience allows me to tailor my knowledge to the need of every particular student. I really enjoy to transfer my knowledge and solve the unique musical problem that every student encounter during their musical path.

About Andrea

Bassist and composer Andrea performs extensively within the improvised music scene, across a broad spectrum of genres. His instrumental tone, sensitivity and imagination, and melodic approach to a supposedly clumsy instrument brought him to perform and record with many established musicians. Based i

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Andréa
I was blown away by how much I learned in just my first lesson with Andrea. He is a very good communicator and patient with my mistakes. Highly recommend!
Glen F.
The first lesson was great
Gabriela
I am truly happy to have chosen Andrea as my teacher. Not only he has an intelligent approach on how to introduce and teach the Italian language, he is also very polite, friendly and accommodating. It’s a real pleasure to learn from him!
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Charles B.

17 Reviews
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  • Speaks Español, English
  • Awarded Outstanding Bass Soloist from Wynton Marsalis & Essentially Ellington
  • Teaches students Male: 10 and up; Female: Not accepting at this time
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Charles B.

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I'll teach you to sound like whomever or whatever you'd like!

-Jazz (Walking basslines, the Blues, Rhythm Changes)
-Latin (Tumbao, Salsa, Samba)
-Style (Ray Brown, Mingus, Bill Black, Lee Rocker)
-Arco/Bow (Classical & Ballads)
-Theory (What is a: I, IV, V, or a ii, V7, I ?)
-Reading (Important for school and the studio!)

Try with me!

About Charles

Charles is here to get you playing as soon as possible, while giving you the best understanding and functionalities of music!

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Ana
I totally recomend him, he's so good at teaching!!!
Rafael Linero
He's a great guy, nice teacher, excellent method, if you want to learn jazz, funk etc he's the man!!!
Mario Rodríguez
Un excelente bajista, gran profesor, tiene una metodología fantástica para enseñar jazz. Super recomendado.
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Mitchell P.

30 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Business Admin from University of Phoenix
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 9 and up
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Mitchell P.

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Students can expect to learn Classical and Jazz fundamentals.

About Mitchell

I am 48 years old and I’ve been playing the bass since 9 years of age. I started performing professionally at age 14. I play the String Bass as well as Electric Bass and have performed with several Symphony Orchestras as well as bands. I am currently a resident artist at the legendary Preservation

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James Rawlins Jr.
Mitchell has really helped me to gain a better understanding of the upright bass. He has shared a number of practice tips with me that I draw upon all time while practicing!

I really appreciate Mitchell's teaching style, his patience and his expertise. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!
Ron E.
I’ve been a bass guitar player for decades. I decided to learn the Upright Bass as I’ve always wanted to play in an orchestral setting. Well, as chance would have it, I picked the PERFECT teacher. Mitch is a Pro. He’s patient, knowledgeable, humorous and a TERRIFIC teacher. If you’re SERIOUS about the bass - electric or upright - do yourself a favor and give Mitch a call.
Matthew D.
In the short timespan of five lessons, Mitchell has provided so much inspiration and practical guidance for my playing, it has been nothing less than transformative for me on the instrument (granted, this is not automatic - I’m working really hard)! He is kind, thoughtful, and extremely knowledgeable, and I think his teaching style would suit a huge range of students. Mitchell gets my absolute highest recommendation, and I am sincerely grateful to have found him on TakeLessons. Can’t wait for the next lesson!

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing upright bass teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream upright bass teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Online Upright Bass Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute online upright bass lessons is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $130 per hour.
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"Marcelo is great. He is very patient and flexible.
Recommended."
Rafael
Took Upright Bass lessons from Marcelo M.
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"Highly recommendable.

Alex can explain complicated things in a way that makes it accessible."
Nancy
Took Upright Bass lessons from Alexander A.
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"David is patient and each lesson is interesting and engaging. As an adult learner with a busy schedule, David helps me stay on track toward my goals."
Chris
Took Upright Bass lessons from David L.
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"My son's first experience with a stand up bass was terrific! There was as much smiling as learning. Thanks Jesse!"
Max
Took Upright Bass lessons from Jesse M.
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"Darren has been an outstanding teacher for my high school daughter preparing for her college auditions. His attention to detail has vastly improved her technique. She is playing with more confidence also. Darren is fabulous in sharing his time and talent. She has had several private lesson teachers on the past but he is definitely the best!"
Kathleen
Took Upright Bass lessons from Darren S.
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"I've taken lessons from a number of double bass teachers. I've never found an instructor who gave me exactly what I needed until Geoff. He's the consummate professional double bass player and teacher. Geoff is intelligent, courteous, patient, humorous and above all knowledgeable. So, if you're a serious upright bass student, I would, without hesitation, recommend Geoff Bowater."
Ron
Took Upright Bass lessons from Geoff B.
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"David provided instant feedback and is very knowledgeable."
Lee
Took Upright Bass lessons from David L.
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"I’m a super beginner on upright bass. But he is so kind and his teaching is so nice!"
Ayaka
Took Upright Bass lessons from Andrea V.
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"Cory was great. Unfortunately the software left something to be desired which we solved by switching to Face Time"
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Took Upright Bass lessons from Cory P.
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"My daughter worked with a few instructors over the years, but not until she started working with Darren did she truly grow as a bassist and a musician. Darren is a very dedicated and knowledgeable teacher who cares greatly about his students. My daughter always finds him to be kind, patient and motivating. She has been able to move up youth orchestra levels each year while working with Darren. He fully understands the audition process and is able to successfully guide his students. I highly recommend Darren as an instructor for any level!"
Heidi Gamma
Took Upright Bass lessons from Darren S.
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Upright Bass Lessons Online

The upright bass, also known as the string bass or double bass, is a staple in any orchestra. Sometimes thought of as a giant violin, the upright bass is the largest bow-stringed instrument and the one with the lowest pitch. You’ll hear this instrument make an appearance in many styles of music, from classical to jazz.

If you’re interested in learning to play the upright bass or improving your current bass skills, then our online upright bass classes might be right up your alley. Here at TakeLessons, we offer affordable and hassle-free classes that take place entirely over the internet. When you sign up for our online sessions, you’ll get paired up with a virtual upright bass teacher who will set you up for success.

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pright Bass Online Classes

There’s far more to playing the bass than just dragging the bow across the strings. You’ll have to learn everything from where to place your fingers to how to hold the instrument. There are different techniques, tunings, and styles of playing that you’ll discover along the way. When you learn the upright bass online, your private instructor will steer you in the right direction.

With our online upright bass classes, your teacher will offer one-on-one instruction, giving you individualized personal attention. The best part of having your own tutor is that you can ask all your questions and learn at your own pace. You can also focus on whatever you want, whether it’s a certain song or a specific style. Your tutor will listen to your needs and work with you to achieve your goals.

Why Learn the Upright Bass Online

If you’ve looked into taking any sort of class lately, you’ve probably noticed that it’s available in an online format. Online classes and tutoring sessions are popping up everywhere. Because these classes occur 100% over the internet, you never have to worry about finding a ride to class or meeting with your instructor in person. As long as you can connect to the internet, you can log on using your computer and web camera, laptop, or even your smartphone.

When it comes to learning, we know students are in search of flexibility and convenience, and that’s exactly what our online courses offer here at TakeLessons. When you join one of our online bass courses, you can learn whenever and wherever best suits your schedule. What’s more, we invite you to choose an instructor who has availability that matches yours. Whether you want to take bass lessons on a Monday morning or a Friday afternoon, you’ll find a virtual upright bass teacher who will accommodate your needs.

Find Your Bass Teacher Today

Ready to get started with your upright bass lessons online? You’ve come to the right place! Begin by picking your private instructor. You can browse through each teacher’s profile, reading their reviews and checking out their experience. Once you choose your instructor, you’ll be well on your way to rocking out on the upright bass.