Bass Lessons in Chicago, IL
Our Approach to Bass Lessons at Flatts & Sharpe
At Flatts & Sharpe, the bass is more than an instrument with a wooden body and metal strings. It’s a tool you can use to express your emotions, share your musical talent, and connect with others. That’s why we offer personalized bass lessons taught by qualified instructors in an engaging and fun environment. Each lesson is designed to support your development as a musician and individual.
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Bass Lessons Should Be Fun!
We all know the feeling: you hear your favorite song come on and you can’t resist the urge to play along on your air guitar! Here at Flatts & Sharpe, we can help you convert your musical fantasies into reality – while preserving that irresistible sense of joy you feel when playing along. We want each of our students to LOVE their musical experience with us!
Whether you come to us planning on becoming the next Flea or simply wanting to play songs around the campfire with your friends, our top-notch instructors will help you progress quickly toward your goals while ensuring you have fun along the way.
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Regardless of your ultimate goals, our teachers will prioritize strong fundamentals including proper posture, hand positioning, chords, fretting, picking, and strumming. As students progress, these basics will become second nature – and serve as the foundation from which students can apply their skills across a variety of genres and styles.
We want our guitar students to be literate, well-rounded musicians. Beginners and seasoned performers alike will find value in our approach at Flatts & Sharpe, coupling technical instruction with elements of music theory and music history in each lesson.
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
Your unique interests and background will help guide your experience at Flatts & Sharpe. We teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced students who are interested in a variety of styles – including rock, jazz, classical, pop, blues, and more. Whether you’re inspired by modern day singer-songwriters or the rockers of the 1970s, we can’t wait to get started with you!
Our seasoned instructors will draw upon years of playing, performing, and teaching experience to guide you in improving your skills and exploring the many possibilities of your instrument, and advancing toward your goals at a pace that works for you.
Our Bass Teachers
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Dave is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar, bass and ukulele. He has 15 years of experience playing guitar and performing in bands in a wide range of styles including rock, soul, funk, country, hip hop, and jazz.
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Matt Tatone is a multi instrumentalist with an engaging and dynamic personality specializing in Vocals, Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. He has a BA in Vocal Performance and Theatre from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass
Mel has a strong background in education, with 15 years in the Catholic school system as the head music teacher for K-8th Grade. He maintains a teaching style rooted in understanding and patience.
Guitar & Electric Bass
Zac Emry has been playing and performing on Bass and Guitar for 12 years, and has spent that time spanning many genres from jazz, funk fusion, 70s and 80s rock, to prog and math rock.
Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Drums
Ricky is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar, electric bass, ukulele and drum kit. He has been teaching for about 7 years. He has been performing in the Chicagoland area for 16 years.
“As a professional musician and teacher, I go to Flatts & Sharpe for most all of my musical needs. They have one of the largest selections of sheet music anywhere in the city. The service is always friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them to both students and professionals.”
“We have loved sending our child to Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. for guitar lessons. The staff is friendly, the environment is so inviting and chill, and the teacher we work with is excellent. He provides quick updates after each lesson, and our child is quickly picking up on concepts and technique.”
“My son has taken in-person piano lessons at Flatts & Sharpe for the last year. He has really benefited from the experience and looks forward to class every week. They offered a chance to play in a band and perform a concert this summer which he’s excited about. ”
What you can expect
Together we explore student musical goals
We match students with one of our expert instructors.
Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.
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What is the Minimum Age to Start Bass Lessons at Flatts & Sharpe?
Playing the bass requires physical dexterity, muscular development and coordination as you hold the instrument, pluck strings, and create chord patterns. Contact us to find out if your child is ready for bass!
Of course, older students and adults are also welcome to take lessons and gain the confidence, self-discipline, and other benefits that result from playing the bass.
Do I Need Any Prior Experience?
Students of all skill levels may take bass lessons at Flatts & Sharpe. We’re here to support you whether you’ve never picked up a bass before, have played casually for a while or hope to become a professional soon.
Your first few lessons may be easier if you’re familiar with the bass and can read music, but you will receive a solid foundation of knowledge, technique, and understanding that helps you master the bass.
What Styles of Music Can I Learn?
The bass definitely features prominently in a variety of musical styles, including rock, pop, country, bluegrass, folk, R&B, blues, and classical. Flatts & Sharpe offers lessons in all of these styles and more, which means you can learn to play your favorite songs or type of music.
Your teacher will also introduce various musical styles during lessons and encourage you to expand your capabilities and develop new skills.
What Materials Will I Need?
Flatts & Sharpe instructors create a unique curriculum for every bass student, so you will not receive a standard list of books to buy. Instead, you’ll spend time at your first lesson discussing your goals, interests, and needs. Your teacher will then recommend the books that fit your needs.
Why Come to Flatts & Sharpe for Bass Lessons?
You have a unique reason for playing the bass, and your teacher at Flatts & Sharpe will help you reach your goals.
We cultivate a fun, engaging, and student-focused environment that promotes curiosity, creativity, and talent. You’ll appreciate the personalized curriculum and individual attention you receive during bass lessons at Flatts & Sharpe.
Is Bass the right fit for me?
With so many different types of instruments available, you may question if the bass is the right fit for you.
We suggest you listen to music that features the bass and try a lesson!
You may also consider why you want to play the bass and ensure you’re motivated enough to practice regularly in order to support your ongoing learning. These strategies help you decide if this instrument is one you want to invest in and will enjoy playing.