Learning to play the bass can be extremely hard, especially if you don’t have a good teacher. It’s easy to find someone to teach you the guitar, but finding bass teachers that know the nuances of the instrument can be much more difficult.
Luckily, there are hundreds of great bass teachers on the Internet, and with a webcam and a decent computer mic, you can learn everything that you’ll need by sitting in front of a computer screen. Here are a few tips for finding great bass lessons online.
Get everything that you’ll need.
In order to take great bass lessons online, you’ll need some great equipment. Budget about $30 for a decent webcam, $30 for a decent computer microphone, and possibly more for bass books and music supplies. Your bass teacher will be able to tell you exactly what you need in this department; some recommend that you buy a certain bass book, some will provide you with bass books or music through email, and some don’t require you to use a book at all. However, if you’re serious about learning the bass online, you should try to find a teacher that can show you how to read music. Trust me, it gets important later on down the line.
You’ll also need some chat software, but most online bass teachers use free software for this. The most common chat program for online music lessons is AIM (AOL instant messenger). Again, your bass teacher will tell you what you need.
Read up and listen up.
You’ll have to do some research to find a great online bass teacher, and it may take you a bit of time to get someone that you can really learn well from. Look for an online bass teacher with solid music credentials. Watch videos of them playing, but also see if you can find samples of their students. This is more telling than their own abilities–given enough practice, anyone can play the bass guitar well, but it takes some real dedication and specialization to be able to teach.
Know your price range.
You can find great online bass lessons for about $20-30 per half hour session, and there’s not a very good reason to pay more unless there’s a specific bass teacher that you really, really want to work with. Make sure that you get your money’s worth. Set up all of your equipment for the lesson beforehand and test it out by having a friend log on to the chat program. Make sure that your friend can hear and see you well. This will avoid any issues that your online bass teacher might have, and you’ll learn much more in your short lessons.
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