Q) When do you offer bass lessons?
A) We offer bass lessons Monday to Thursday from 3:30pm – 9:30pm
Q) How much do the lessons cost?
A) All one to one tuition is £13 for half an hour and £26 for the hour.
Q) Do I need to book or do I simply turn up?
A) All lessons are by appointment only. To check availability and book a lesson please visit our lessons page.
Q) How often should I have lessons?
A) We would recommend at least 30 minutes tuition once a week.
Q) Do you offer discount for block bookings?
A) No, we work on a pay as you go basis. This allows our students to book as many lessons as they want without being committed into a set amount.
Q) What if I need to rearrange or cancel my lesson?
A) We have a cancellation policy in place whereby we require at least 24 hours notice to rearrange or cancel a lesson. If 24 hours notice is not given the full fee is still payable.
If more than 24 hours notice is given then there is no charge.
Q) How do you accept payment?
A) Card payment through our online booking system.
Q) Do you offer home visits?
A) No, all lessons take place here in one of our purpose built teaching studios at Teesside School Of Music.
Q) How long will it take to learn bass?
A) Basically this all comes down to how much effort the student puts in. If the student practices regularly at home between lessons then progression will be a lot faster than a student who doesn’t practice.
As a guide we would expect complete beginners who practice regularly at home to be playing the basics at around 6 weeks or so.
Q) What do the lessons entail?
A) Bass lessons are based around what the student wishes to do. We do however make suggestions and offer different plans for learning; for example some students come to us specifically wanting to earn a recognised qualification. So we will offer the grade exams operated through London College of Music exam board. These are recognised qualifications and grades 6 to 8 have the added bonus of extra UCAS points.
Others may simply wish to learn for fun and want to be able to play songs they listen to and enjoy. We would then teach them how to play these songs and the necessary techniques to accomplish this.
Q) Do I need my own bass?
A) In a nutshell…yes you will. However we do respect the fact that an instrument can be an expensive investment which people don’t want to make only to find a few weeks later is no longer being used. With this in mind we do offer the use of our own bass guitars during lesson time. You wouldn’t be able to take them home to practice but at least for the first couple of lessons or so it will give you an idea of what to expect and whether or not to invest in your own bass guitar.
Q) Which bass should I buy?
A) If you are a complete beginner and simply looking for something to get you started then we would recommend the following bass –
Yamaha TRBX174 Bass Guitar @ www.TeessideMusicStore.co.uk)
If the bass is for a small child and you feel the full size bass guitar mentioned above will be too big then there are 1/2 or 3/4 size bass guitars available. Please visit our Music Store for further options.