So you are thinking about bass lessons? Great! I am an energetic teacher that has taught the art of bass playing privately for over 15 years focusing on technical, theoretical and conceptual instruction on both the electric and upright bass. I can help you gain the tools necessary to understand the role of the bass in whatever style of music you are interested in. I also incorporate a fair amount of ear training into my teaching as I believe it is paramount in acquiring a solid foundation in music. Beginners to advanced, young and old are all welcome. If this sounds like what you are looking for please see my rates and policies below and then click the contact link at the top to send me a message.

 Bass Lesson Policies 2019

Students must commit to 1 month of scheduled lessons. You can choose to come once a week or once every two weeks but any less than that and you might be too busy for bass lessons. The longest space between lessons is two weeks. I will make an exception if you are just interested in a one time lesson. Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length at the rate of $30, $40 or $50 respectively.

If you play electric bass then all you have to bring to the lesson is your instrument and a binder. Do not worry about your amplifier.

If you play upright bass and have difficulties transporting it to and from lessons don’t worry, you can play mine. But I would like to see your instrument from time to time to make sure there are no problems with the playability. And don’t forget your binder.


Payment is due at the beginning of the month for the upcoming month’s lessons. Your first months payment will equal the number of lessons remaining in that month. Cash and cheques are accepted.

Missed Lesson Policy

If a student misses a lesson for any reason, it is not required that I make up the lesson but it is understandable in some cases and in these I will do what I can to reschedule the lesson. If I miss a lesson, the lesson will be made up at a mutually agreed upon time. If the lesson cannot be rescheduled, that lesson will be credited towards the following month. Sometimes performances or rehearsals interfere with my teaching schedule. I will give as much notice as possible. Regular attendance to your lessons is expected. You are paying to reserve your personal lesson time and I’m going to do my best to give you a really good bass lesson. As far as holidays, we can discuss what you would like to do at the beginning of each month.


“Inspiring is the first word that comes to mind when I think of my lessons with Travis. He gives off this energy that just makes you want to play and makes it easy to want to be better.  I always left my lessons feeling like I could do anything.  I went on to music school because he inspired me to do so, to be the best I could be.  I had no problems getting in because he prepared me and helped me feel more confident. And even once I was in school I returned for a lesson here and there, because his teaching style and vibe refueled me when I was getting low on confidence and bogged down with the hard stuff. He always reminded me that even the most complicated concepts (or what seemed complicated to me at the time) were just moments you needed to listen harder, relax, and just play what’s in your head and heart.”  Melissa Walker – Edmonton bassist and educator.

“I honestly cannot describe Trav(is) Short as anything other than a magnificent bass teacher. His intuitive nature, strong theoretical background, and ability to connect personally and musically with this students provides the key elements for successful personal bass instruction. Both my son (age 13; first experience with an instrument) and I (changing instruments: woodwinds to bass) took lessons with Trav. He was super accommodating and motivating and carefully tailored each lesson to be both instructive and completely fun. I would recommend him without reservation for anyone looking for serious study of bass technique and to explore the instrument through a variety of musical styles for any ability level at any age.” Elena Ramirez – Environmental Geochemist/Oceanographer

“After playing violin for 6 years of my life, I decided when i was 13 years old to switch to bass guitar. I took lessons on violin for 4 years with Trav’s good friend and bandmate John Calverley. John recommended I take bass lessons from Trav if I was to make the switch. That referral changed my musical ambitions and life in general. The first time I met Trav, he introduced me to the instrument and gave me some books on theory to practice from. Sheet music and theory is fine and dandy but what I really wanted to do was rock out to Nirvana and the Chili Peppers instead of classical jargon which was the basis of most of my learning on the violin. Trav welcomed this ambition with an open mind and taught me the basics of rocking out in no time at all. Although we jammed and improvised over each others bass lines, he took the time to teach me the theory behind the bass guitar which greatly strenghtened my playing ability. I continued my lessons with Trav for over 6 years and I feel that I learned more from him than I would have ever learned focusing on the classical genre. I’m not a morning person, especially on Sundays, but every Sunday I was pumped to get out of bed and drive with my dad to my bass lesson.”  Ryan Gregoire