How old should you be to take bass lessons?
Because electric bass is a larger and heavier instrument, we recommend not starting that instrument before age eight or nine. However, we can make exceptions for even younger students that show exceptional potential or are already playing.
Do I need to have an instrument?
Yes. You do need your own instrument for lessons and home practice; however, Star Music Academy does provide cables and amplifiers for use during lessons.
How long will it take to learn to play?
This depends entirely on your own practice regimen. The more you practice the faster you will advance. The lessons are geared to each individual student so that those who advance faster will move along faster and those who need more time will get it.
Eric Stevens has taught more than 2500 students on guitar, bass, and other fretted stringed instruments over the last 42 years. For the last 15 years, Eric has been a teacher with Star Music Academy.
After touring the United States in both rock and R&B bands, Eric earned his degree at the University of South Carolina where he studied both classical guitar and music composition. Eric went on to lead his own Hendrix cover band, in addition to a specialization in interpreting the works of Django Reinhardt. His musical activities have included arranging music, performing with theater orchestras, and producing and performing for radio and TV commercials. He is fluent in a wide range of styles including Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bossa (Brazilian) and Carnatic (Indian Classical) music.
Eric found his passion in teaching. He has shared his gifts not only in the recording studio, but also in public and private schools. Now the author of an original guitar method, Eric currently offers instruction in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and music theory and composition.