Bass Guitar Lessons

Bass Guitar Lessons in St. Louis

The bass guitar plays a sublime and intricate role in music. More than any other instrument in a band, the bass plays an integral role in keeping the band together both harmonically and rhythmically.  Bass is not just an instrument it’s a way of thinking. As students at STL Rock School build their skills and knowledge of theory, they also learn the importance of fitting their own sound into the group’s sound.

Students in bass lessons learn how to read both standard music notation and bass tablature.  This helps them to learn all types of music, as many rock songs might be written in tablature, while jazz lines are written in standard notation.  Students quickly learn different kick drum rhythms, walking bass lines, and melodic bass lines.  Teachers introduce them to several of the common intervals that bass lines feature, such as fifths and octaves, before introducing different scales, such as the major, minor and blues scale.  As students progress, they are introduced to a variety of bass styles, such as funk, blues, hard rock, and reggae.


At first I thought it would be challenging to learn my songs on bass in the band rehearsal setting, but Jared paired me up with three others girls who are at the same skill level as I, and a great teacher, Hannah, who can teach us songs remarkably fast. By the end of our first band rehearsal, we had half of one song down. Learning a new song with a new group of people and not in a private lesson may sound challenging, but STL Rock School makes everything seem comfortable when it comes to band rehearsals and learning your songs during them. STL Rock School has definitely enriched my skill in bass, but also has enriched my knowledge of being in a band and working together with a band. I’ll apply what I’ve learned at STL Rock School to my hopeful career as a musician! -Olivia Ceballos (student)

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