Bass Lessons

I offer private bass guitar instruction in the convenience of your own home within the local Los Angeles area. For over twenty years, I have been teaching all levels, and I welcome not only advanced students, but beginners as well. Personalized bass lessons within a 10 mile radius of Glendale are $50 per hour.  Please call or email me for a free consultation about private instruction. Live internet lessons via Skype can also be arranged for anyone outside the area. See testimonials below from some of my former students.

Doug Ross 323-665-9488

The lessons below are provided free for individual use, and are paid for solely through CD sales, so if you find the information here helpful, please click on the album cover at right to support independent music by purchasing my latest CD.  And be sure to check back here monthly for new lessons!

Doug & FSM Bass students 2002

"Doug is a great teacher that I'll gladly drive 45 minutes to visit.  His experience as a gigging professional bass player means that I get the no nonsense techniques to develop tasty licks.  I recommend that aspiring bass players take a lesson from Doug as soon as possible.  That's a call to action!  GET A LESSON NOW!" -MS

"Doug is a great bass instructor. I have no music background and he made me feel comfortable. He was patient and he made it really fun to learn to play." -Ellen R

"If you are serious about becoming a better bass player I would highly recommend Doug Ross.  Working with Doug has made learning the bass an incredibly fun experience, while at the same time he has continually challenged me to become a better player.  No matter what your current level of experience, Doug can not only improve your playing, but also help you see the bass in new creative ways." -Reed B

2003 Day Jams sm

The following lessons are free for private individual use only; please support their continuation by considering a purchase from my online store.


Bass Guitar Basic Technique

How to Tune a Bass Guitar

Note Names on the Bass Guitar Fingerboard

Blues Bass and the Major Pentatonic Scale

Minor Pentatonic Scale and Blues Scale on the Bass

Practice Tips for Bassists

Intro to Major Scale Harmony for Bass

Hearing Major Scale Intervals on Bass


Chord Voicings for Bass Pt. 1

Chord Voicings for Bass Pt. 2

Tritone Chord Substitution in Bass Lines

Constructing Bass Lines from Chord Symbols Pt. 1

Constructing Bass Lines from Chord Symbols Pt. 2

Chord Extensions Applied to Bass

Video Lessons

Open String Exercise

Random Groove Exercise

Learning Harmonics on Bass Guitar

Control Knob Settings on Bass

Right Hand Positions on Bass

© Doug Ross 2015