Bass Lessons

For those who want to play that low-end groove…

We can get you playing fast. Regardless of your musical tastes or level of experience, as an Altered Stage bass member, you’ll always be in demand.

If you’re an absolute beginner, you’ll learn fundamentals, form and theory. And you’ll likely walk out of your first bass lesson able to play part or all of a song you love. And if you’re interested in playing live with a band, we’ll get you on your way toward holding down the beat faster than you could imagine.


For intermediate bassists, your bass lessons can focus on improving technique, speed and improvisational skills. Of course, your instruction will be driven by you and your individual musical goals. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to put what you learn into practice during the many jam sessions and gigs. Yes, you’ll be in demand. And you can also work with our other members to create your own original music to share with the world through our Altered Records label.


Are you a more advanced bass player? You’ll also get significant value out of your Altered Stage bass lessons and membership too. We will encourage you to think about music from a different perspective by exploring non-familiar genres and complex musical works with the ultimate goal of helping you expand your own creativity. You’ll also discover the value of playing with musicians with a wide range of skill levels, which can alternatively push you further and bring you back to basics. You can also work with our instructors and other members to write, record and publish your original works.

A bass player jamming out
A bass player jamming out

Altered Stage is the perfect place to pursue your musical goals. Above all else, the atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive. The instructors themselves are great musicians and supportive of all musical goals. Everything from learning to play my favorite songs to musical theory and songwriting — all skill levels are welcome.

– Jason Y.

Vinny KabatVinny Kabat, Bass Instructor


Vinny Kabat received his BM from Elmhurst College, where he studied with Steve Suvada.

He takes part in a member of multiple jazz-oriented ensembles where he can be seen playing in various musical settings throughout the Chicago-land area, from accompanying show choirs to playing in musical pits to backing singer-songwriters.

Vinny also plays violin, which was his first instrument at the age of 5. He also plays piano and guitar.

Vinny’s musical influences include rock, bebop, bluegrass, jazz, and fusion.

See if our unique vibe is right for you!