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Bass guitar players hold an important role in a band, providing the low-end frequencies that give music that “full” sound. While bass guitar and six-string guitar share similarities, bass isn’t just an easier version of the guitar. Beginners are able to feel successful with the bass in a short period of time, while advanced techniques for bass guitar often involve an understanding of music theory, scales, and chord structure. Michigan Rock School bass instructors do a great job getting beginners up and running with fun songs to play, while teaching proper techniques and explaining the “bigger picture” concepts that bass guitar brings to music. Lesson material is presented in a manner that can be applied to nearly all genres of music, including rock, pop, metal, funk, blues, and jazz.

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Michigan Rock School instructors are some of the most talented musicians in the metro Detroit area, but equally important is their ability to explain sometimes-difficult musical concepts in simple to understand terms. Bringing those talents to our Downtown Milford studio and our West Oakland County students is a key element to keeping our music lesson programs fun and engaging!

Private bass lessons at Michigan Rock School are available in weekly 30-minute or 60-minute sessions, and are designed to support each students personal musical goals.


"Our daughter has gained an incredible amount of confidence from performing with her band. It's hard to believe this is the kid who used to hide behind us whenever she met someone new!"

Amanda Holdsworth

"Michigan Rock School is fantastic! Our son looks forward to his lessons and jamming with other students. I was amazed at how quickly he was playing songs he loved and that he seems to learn a new one every week! We would highly recommend the school to any potential musician."

Rob Britton

"Michigan Rock School puts a smile on my teenage daughters face! Her private guitar lessons are professional and fun. Her instructor has a gift for keeping teens engaged in learning music."

Karen Skandalaris

"We love Michigan Rock School! The instructors provide excellent individualized training that has helped my daughter tremendously. They’ve given her a solid foundation in songwriting and help her customize songs that best suit her ability and voice. My daughter always looks forward going and we are fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community."

Stephanie Jacobsen

"I got into the radio business because I'm a huge music fan. But it was so frustrating that I didn't know how to play an instrument. Working with John has been a great experience. Regardless of your skill level. John sees the potential in every person to be a great player. If you are thinking about learning guitar, Michigan Rock School should be your first call"