Bass Lessons in Ithaca, NY

We are proud to offer bass lessons at Guitar Lessons Ithaca. We teach rock bass, jazz walking bass, bluegrass styles, and singer-songwriter acoustic styles as well. If you want to learn bass and also have plenty of opportunities to participate in student jams, concerts and student album, you came to right place!

Why Choose Bass Lessons?

Bass is a wonderful instrument and bass players are in high demand because every band needs one and bassists are not as prevalent as guitarists are. Bassists are the foundation of the music in a way, providing the connection between the rhythmic groove of the drummer and the harmony provided by the guitar or keyboards. By learning bass you will learn to have a great feel for the music as well as a deep understanding of the harmonic structure of the tunes you are playing.

What You’ll Learn:

In our Bass Lessons at Guitar Lessons Ithaca, you will embark on a comprehensive journey of musical mastery. Here’s what you will delve into:

  1. Rhythm and Timing:
    • Understand the pivotal role of bass players as the foundation of the rhythm section.
    • Master the art of synchronization with the drummer for a cohesive musical experience.
  2. Finger Technique:
    • Work on enhancing finger strength, independence, and dexterity for a nuanced and expressive playing style.
    • Develop the skill of slapping and popping with the thumb to add versatility to your playing style, creating a dynamic and engaging musical presence.
  3. Ear Training:
    • Hone your ability to recognize pitches, intervals, and chord progressions.
    • Elevate your play-by-ear and improvisational skills through comprehensive ear training.
  4. Chord Knowledge:
    • Delve into basic chord structures and their relevance to the songs you play.
    • Use this knowledge to craft intricate and complementary bass lines that harmonize seamlessly.
  5. Scale Knowledge:
    • Establish a strong foundation with major, minor, pentatonic, and blues scales.
    • Broaden your horizons by exploring additional scales, adding depth and dimension to your playing.
  6. Dynamic Control:
    • Gain mastery over dynamics, controlling volume levels with precision.
    • Shape your bass lines dynamically to contribute to the overall texture of the ensemble.
  7. Groove and Feel:
    • Focus on creating a solid groove infused with a captivating feel.
    • Experiment with diverse rhythmic patterns and syncopations to enhance the overall musicality of your bass lines.
  8. Understanding of Music Theory:
    • Grasp fundamental music theory concepts such as scales, intervals, and chord progressions.
    • Apply this knowledge to craft bass lines that seamlessly fit harmonically within the musical landscape.
  9. Creativity and Musicality:
    • Infuse creativity into your bass lines while maintaining a profound sense of musicality.
    • Experiment with fills, variations, and melodic elements to elevate the overall sonic experience to new heights.

Our Instructors:

Both of the current teachers at the School are long familiar with bass guitar.

Head teacher Dennis Winge played bass in a band in high school and has played bass for various artists throughout the years, and has played bass for several of his albums including “For Music Geeks Only” and the new “Digital Interfaith.”

Matt Madden has been playing both upright and electric bass for over 10 years and has played in various bands and on his 3 albums.

Lesson Details:

Get personalized lessons that fit your schedule and learning style. Choose between in-person or online sessions, with flexible scheduling for individual classes or bundled packages. Perfect for all skill levels.


There are several different pricing packages for different types of students.  These packages plus special offers and bonuses will be explained during your free trial.


We have students coming from Cornell, Ithaca College, all parts of Ithaca, Newfield, Trumansburg, Lansing, Brooktondale, Newfield, Dryden, Freeville, and even Richmond, Watkins Glen and Montour Falls! Our studio is located near Rt. 13 close to Robert Treman State Park. The specific address will be provided once you schedule your free trial day and time.

Why Choose Guitar Lessons Ithaca?

At Guitar Lessons Ithaca, we stand out in the vibrant musical landscape of Ithaca, offering a unique and enriching learning experience. Here’s why aspiring musicians choose us:

1. Innovative Teaching Methods:
Our teaching philosophy revolves around innovation. We don’t just teach what to play; we ensure you can actually play it. Through our geometric teaching method, scientifically proven to expedite progress, we focus on practical application, making learning both effective and enjoyable.

2. Passionate and Experienced Instructors:
Led by Head Teacher Dennis Winge, our instructors are not just teachers; they are mentors, coaches, and performers. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Dennis has developed creative and proven strategies to help students not only learn but have a blast doing it.

3. Tailored Lesson Strategies:
No two students are the same. We understand this and craft personalized lesson strategies for each student. From beginners to seasoned players, our detailed plans ensure you always know what and how to practice, fostering steady progress.

4. Community Focused Learning:
Learning is not just about lessons; it’s about community. We emphasize, though don’t require, performance opportunities like recitals and recordings. Our two annual student parties provide an additional platform for students to share, grow, and get inspired by each other.

5. Recognition and Awards:
Guitar Lessons Ithaca takes pride in its recognition within the musical community. While awards and certifications are nice, what truly sets us apart is the success stories of our students. Many have experienced more progress in two years with us than in a decade of self-guided learning.

6. Flexible Learning Environment:
We understand that life is busy, and schedules vary. That’s why we offer hassle-free, flexible scheduling for both in-person and online lessons. Whether you’re a working professional, college student, teen, or retiree, we accommodate your unique learning challenges.

7. Holistic Musical Development:
Beyond mastering the guitar, we foster holistic musical development. Whether your goal is to jam with friends, join a band, or compose your own songs, our curriculum covers not just the technical aspects but also the creative and expressive dimensions of music.

8. Continuous Improvement:
Our commitment to continuous improvement sets us apart. Our instructors continually enhance their skills, ensuring you receive the latest, most innovative teaching methods and approaches.

9. Free Trial Lesson with No Obligation:
We believe in our approach, and we invite you to experience it firsthand. Claim your free intro lesson, where we’ll get to know each other, understand your goals, and provide a glimpse into the exciting journey that awaits you at Guitar Lessons Ithaca.

Join us on a musical adventure where learning is not just a process; it’s a celebration of your unique musical journey.


How do I get started with Guitar Lessons Ithaca?
Getting started is easy! Simply claim your free intro lesson by contacting us here or calling us at 607-222-3166. During this introductory session, we’ll discuss your interests, assess your current skills, and determine the best path forward for your musical journey.

What types of lessons do you offer?
Guitar Lessons Ithaca provides a diverse range of lessons catering to various musical interests and skill levels. From acoustic and electric guitar lessons to specialized bass guitar instruction, our offerings are tailored to meet the unique goals of each student.

What are the lesson formats?
We understand that everyone’s learning preferences differ. Our lessons can be conducted in person at our studio or online via video conferencing through Zoom. Typically, lessons are scheduled once per week, providing a consistent and effective learning experience.

How much do lessons cost?
Guitar Lessons Ithaca offers a variety of pricing options to suit different student needs. The cost of lessons includes numerous extras and bonuses, all of which will be explained during your free trial session.

What sets Guitar Lessons Ithaca apart from other music schools?
Our school stands out for its innovative teaching methods, passionate and experienced instructors, and a commitment to personalized lesson strategies. We prioritize community-focused learning, provide a flexible environment, and continuously strive for improvement. Our recognition within the musical community reflects the success stories of our students.

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept various payment methods for your convenience. Details regarding payment options will be discussed during your free trial, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that life can be unpredictable. If you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance. This allows us to efficiently manage our schedule and accommodate your needs.

Do I need to know how to read music?
No, reading standard notation is optional. Our lessons are tailored to accommodate both those who read music and those who prefer other learning methods.

Have more questions?
Feel free to reach out! Call Head Teacher Dennis Winge directly at 607-222-3166, or click the ‘claim your free trial button’ at the top of this page. We’re here to provide the information you need to embark on your musical journey with Guitar Lessons Ithaca.

Contact Us:

Contact us at 607-222-3166 or click here to schedule your free intro lesson.
Discuss your musical interests and goals during the introductory session.
Experience our innovative teaching methods and personalized lesson strategies.

Don’t miss the chance to join a community that fosters learning, creativity, and musicality. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, Guitar Lessons Ithaca is here to guide you.


Read the full testimonials on the ‘testimonials’ tab at the top of the page. Here are some of them summarized below.


Heeyon Kim: “Started with zero knowledge, now celebrating 3 years with hundreds of songs and event participation.”

Mark Shaw: “Dennis gave me a real foundation, and in just a month, I can confidently play chords and songs like ‘Wish You Were Here.'”

Yue Li: “Excited about my progress! Achieved my goal of playing Jason Mraz songs within a month.”

Dee MacLeod: “Guitar Lessons Ithaca is quicker and more enjoyable. I can play songs immediately, improving my chord repertoire.”

Colton Turcotte: “Improved understanding of chords, soloing, and guitar theory. Highly recommend for gaining knowledge.”


Chad Pennington: “Valuable experience with 2 years of recitals and albums. Improved chord vocabulary, picking speed, and music theory.”

Hilary Greenberger: “Dennis is the real deal. Learned more in 3 months than 3 years elsewhere. Now confident playing, part of a band.”

Gaurav Gawali: “Personalized lessons, goal-setting, and events transformed my musical journey. Realized my capabilities.”

Adam Bauchner: “Specific practice guidance and lessons’ structure helped me play originals in a band. Clear progress with weekly goals.”

Taylor Moon: “Learned more in 2 years than 11 on my own. Comfortable moving around the neck, playing by ear, and transcribing songs.”


Dan Paolangeli: “Empowered to understand and play music. Gigging regularly, feeling motivated, and embracing the spiritual aspect of music.”

Michele Gordon: “Dennis’ expertise in jazz and performance transformed my skills in 5 years. Strategies for learning applied in real tunes.”

Doug Olsen: “Increased guitar knowledge dramatically, especially in jazz. Rewarding journey from horizontal to vertical playing.”

Sergio Pedro: “Dennis’ input made me a better guitarist. Improved speed, precision, and hand technique. Achieved goals in band performances.”

Jude Lemke: “Fun, well-structured lessons. Learned theory, improved playing. Encouraged to pick up the guitar more often.”


Hear our bass students’ contributions to the Student Album!

Bob Karpman jamming at Student Party

Matt Murray at Student Concert