Bass Guitar Lessons | Alla's Music Studio

The bass guitar is the driving force of any band, and a fun instrument in its own right. If you're looking to learn bass guitar, either for fun or to play professionally, Alla's Music Studio can set you on a path of musical mastery. Our teachers can take you from absolute beginner to your desired skill level, or further, providing you with a solid foundation for ongoing musical development. We aim to foster a love of music from the ground up, helping both children and adults learn music in a way that's fun and intuitive.
Book a trial lesson today and start learning rhythm, groove, bass playing technique and a lot more with Alla's Music Studio

Personalised Lesson Plans

While all our lessons follow a standard curriculum overall, we tailor your lessons to ensure you can learn in a way that works for you and helps you reach your goals. Music isn't something you can break down into formulas and absolutes. It's felt intuitively and mastery only comes through experience and enjoyment. When you start with us your teacher will sit down with you to work out what your goals are and how to best reach them. We also offer flexible lesson options, with in-person and lessons online lessons available in both private and group formats.

Bass Guitar Lessons Curriculum

All our bass guitar lessons follow a general path set out by one of four main streams of musical education, based on the student's needs. These are classical grading, leisure grading, professional preparation, and leisure only. Whatever your goals are we can set you up with lessons and a curriculum that will help you achieve your goals, whether that's simply to enjoy playing at home, to join a band, or even play bass guitar on the world stage. Read more about lessons and our full curriculum.

Bass Guitar Purchase And Hire

If you don't have a bass guitar, don't panic! We offer instrument hire and purchase through our music studio at competitive prices.
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Why You Should Learn The Bass Guitar

  • Easy to pick up, hard to master
  • Learn groove and rhythm and harmony
  • Improve hand-eye coordination
  • Strengthen hand muscles
  • Develop confidence and stage presence
  • Improve cognitive ability and critical thinking

Our Bass Guitar Teachers

Andy Cotter

Andy Cotter is a professional guitarist with over thirty years of teaching experience. He completed high school with a grade 8 in classical guitar and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music from Latrobe University in 1991. Andy has experience teaching a wide variety of guitar and bass styles, including Classical, Jazz, Rock and Pop. He has performed and collaborated with some of Australia's best know musicians, including Scott Carne from Kids in the Kitchen and Adam Thompson from Chocolate Starfish. Andy continues to perform regularly in private school musicals throughout Melbourne.

Andy employs the following teaching strategies.

  1. Beginner students are encouraged to explore various genres of music to establish a favourite player or style.
  2. Some technical facility is established before students learn to read music.
  3. Young beginners are taught with a classical, fingerstyle method.
  4. An emphasis on developing rhythmic skills, particularly when playing contemporary music.
  5. Andy encourages students to take AMEB and Rockschool exams.

Andy enjoys a great rapport with his students and is passionate about passing on his lifelong love of a wide array of musical styles, to them.

Grant Smith

Qualifications:
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The NSW Tafe
  • Bachelor in Contemporary Music. The Southern Cross University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Instrumental/Classroom Music. The University of Melbourne
  • Diploma in Jazz/Popular Performance. The Gordon Tafe

Grant Smith has been actively teaching music professionally for over 15 years both as a qualified Instrumental and Classroom Teacher including Primary/Secondary year levels. Throughout his teaching career Grant has taught a vast range of contemporary musical instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Ukulele and world instruments such as the Traditional Gamelan Ensemble. In 2014 Grant moved overseas to teach music at The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and was also part of the founding team to establish a new international campus at The Peninsula International School Australia (PISA) where he taught all music subjects from Foundation to VCE levels.

Grant Smith has been actively teaching music professionally for over 15 years both as a qualified Instrumental and Classroom Teacher including Primary/Secondary year levels. Throughout his teaching career Grant has taught a vast range of contemporary musical instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Ukulele and world instruments such as the Traditional Gamelan Ensemble. In 2014 Grant moved overseas to teach music at The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and was also part of the founding team to establish a new international campus at The Peninsula International School Australia (PISA) where he taught all music subjects from Foundation to VCE levels.

Grant believes that 'Learning an instrument should be fun, challenging and rewarding' As a beginner/intermediate musician it is vital to learn the music you love and that inspires you to develop your skills and knowledge. Having a genuine and authentic grounding in the initial learning stages can assist in developing your own voice, tone and expression on your chosen instrument.

Music lessons with Grant is 100% student focused and includes:

  • Learning your favourite songs/music in a very relaxed and professional setting.
  • Techniques and Technical work such as Fingerstyle and Scale/Chord work relating to your instrument.
  • Improvisation techniques such as exploring the sounds of an instrument, creating music based on a key and/or over a set chord progression, imitating what you hear, playing along with backing tracks, learning musical vocabulary via licks, basslines and phrases while developing your own expression and musical ideas.
  • Genuine and authentic feedback to increase musicianship levels.
  • A personally focused and supportive routine designed to work within a student's own requirements.

The Guitar ( Acoustic/Classical and Electric ) and Bass ( Electric/Upright )

Bass lessons with Grant covers tuition on the regular 4 String Bass plus 5 and 6 String Bass, Fretless Bass and the upright Bass. Specific areas covered by Grant in Guitar/Bass lessons include:

  • Learn your favourite Song/Melody and Basslines.
  • Right hand techniques such as picking, fingerstyle, Slap Bass, ebow, muting, harmonic picking and fretboard tapping.
  • Left hand techniques such as dexterity exercises, muting, vibrato, slide, string bending, slides and percussive styles.
  • Scales and Chords.
  • Melodies, Basslines, Licks and Riffs.
  • Soloing/Improvisation.
  • Sight Reading and other styles such as Classical Music ( Bach on Bass ).
  • Play along both as MP3 and play along during the lessons with Grant.
  • Rhythm section playing. Understanding how the Guitar and especially the Bass works and compliments the Drums and other instruments in music.

Enquire Today

Whether you're looking to start learning bass guitar or just hoping to polish your skills before going professional, Alla's Music Studio can help you reach your goals. Book a trial lesson today with no commitment required, and start learning bass guitar now.
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  • We offer face to face and online individual and group lessons.

  • We provide preparation for AMEB, ABRSM, VCE and other examinations.

  • We organize student's performances several times a year.

  • We can book music lessons for all of your children at the same day and time.

  • We can sell and hire music instruments and books for you from our studio.

  • Discounts are available for families with multiple children enrolled, as well as for multiple lessons booked in a week.

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627 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165

(near Mckinnon Secondary College)

Phone: (03) 99424066
Mobile: 0422 835 857