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Bass Guitar

Bass Guitar

Whether you’re an ace on the bass, or are just starting out, our bass guitar lessons will teach you everything you need to know.

Bass Guitar Lessons

HCM bass guitar lessons are a great way to learn to play, develop new skills and improve your technique, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional.

Lessons are charged at £22.00 per 30 minutes.

All lessons take place at HCM Music Academy in Ware.

For more information about taking bass lessons at HCM Music Academy, get in touch today.

Bass Lessons Overview

HCM bass lessons are a great way to learn to play the bass guitar, develop new skills and improve your technique, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional.

They’re suitable for students aged 7 and over, right up to adults, and take place every week at HCM Music Academy. You can choose from group or one-on-one classes, and they last either 30 or 45 minutes – it’s totally up to you.

Bass Guitar Lessons fee

  • Paired bass lessons consisting of one teacher and two students are £15 per student per lesson for a 30 minute session. (only available to siblings/family members)
  • One-on-one bass lessons are £22 per 30 minute session 


HCM bass guitar lessons cover the whole spectrum of styles and genres, and you’ll learn bass techniques such as slapping, popping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, harmonics and slides. The exact format and content of your lessons each week will vary depending on the size of your class, your level and the interests of you and your classmates.


Here’s just a small selection of the techniques you’ll learn in HCM’s bass guitar lessons:

  • Rock, soul, funk and jazz styles of bass
  • Slapping and popping
  • Hammer-ons
  • Pull-offs
  • Advanced styles and techniques, including fretless and five and six string bass playing
  • Notation, chart and TAB reading
  • Developing sight-reading and session skills
  • Working with drummers and other rhythm section players
  • DI and bass effect pedal skills
  • Embedded music theory and knowledge
  • Embedded instrument maintenance, such as string changing and intonation
  • And finally… songs! These are specifically tailored to help you explore the bass techniques you’re learning about and put them into context

End of Term Gigs

As well as bass lessons, HCM bassists are encouraged to take part in our end of term gigs and showcases. This helps students gain experience in playing live and in front of an audience, as well as giving useful experience and a new found confidence.


At HCM we offer graded instrument exams because it allows you to measure your improvement over time. Our lessons all follow the RSL graded bass guitar syllabus from Debut to Grade 8. For teenage students, these graded lessons can complement other activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme or GCSE Music.

To find out more about bass at HCM Music Academy you can either complete our enquiry form, call us directly on 01920 460646 or by email

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