Steve's Blog: Solo Bass & Beyond

Back To Teaching for 2011!

January 2nd, 2011 · 6 Comments

At the end of last year, we moved house, and are temporarily in Muswell Hill, North London. It’s a bigger place that we were in before, which means I’m back being able to teach bass again! I’ve REALLY missed it, as for the last 20 years, it’s been one of the main ways of understanding what I do as a musician, as well as there being a huge amount of satisfaction in seeing students improve and progress deeper into their own relationship with music.

So, if you’re interested, please do get in touch. If you want more info, most of it is on the bass teaching page here.

And with any luck, there’ll also be a Beyond Bass Camp day or two in the not too distant future – feel free to register an interest in that in the comments below…

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Steve Lawson :: Solo Bassist

May 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Steve Lawson :: Solo Bassist

Listen now:
Brand new solo album, out Oct 30th:

HELLO! I’m Steve. I’m play bass (and live electronics) both solo and in a lot of collaborative settings. I’m also a music teacher/lecturer, a journalist and am doing a PhD about audiences for improv. Here’s where you’ll find a lot of music, my blog (there’s over 15 years of it to read back through 😉 ) and info about gigs, my musical history and what else I’ve got going on.

If you’re already familiar with the music, please consider having a look at the Bandcamp subscription offer – making this kind of music means that there’s no sustainable model for music making to be built on Spotify or Apple Music – the scale of audience needed is just not compatible with making instrumental music with a bass, and releasing as much of it as I do. So I developed the subscription as a mutually beneficial way of getting all this amazing music out to you, and making it possible for me to keep recording and releasing it. No-one’s getting rich off this, but I’m still doing it three years in, and the subscriber community is growing every month. Come and join us!

While you’re here, come and say hi! Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or send me an email! I’d love to hear from you.


Latest video, The Legacy:


Read the cover story from Bass Guitar Magazine‘s October 2015 issue!

Latest Solo Videos:
Vertigo (from Referendum)
Don’t Leave (from Referendum)
Party Like We’re Still Here (from Referendum)
Requiem For Industry (from Referendum)
Five Stages (from The Surrender Of Time)
Her Kindness (from The Surrender Of Time)


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  • Get everything I release in a year for just £30
  • Get 34 albums, including all 18 of my solo albums, for FREE
  • Free eBook – Steve On Sound – all about effects pedals and looping!
  • Access to the subscriber community – exclusive videos, album previews, discounts on gig tickets…
  • Be part of the glorious sustainable future of independent music. YOU can make it happen!
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Some lovely quotes:

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Are you new round here? Want an overview? Here’s ‘Steve In A Nutshell‘.


bass tuition

May 2nd, 2008 · 12 Comments


  • Want to take your bass playing to new places?
  • Struggling for ideas on how (or why!) to practice?
  • Needing inspiration to kickstart your creativity?
  • Just starting out and looking for a way to connect learning the bass to the music you love?
  • Want the inside scoop on how to take your solo playing to the next level?


At the moment, I’m focussing on teaching via Skype/Google Hangout/any other video tech we can get working! Email me now to book a first session. I’ve got a high def audio set up so you get to hear in good quality, and can advise on the best way to get your bass sound into Skype for the lessons.

I’ve been teaching bass since 1992, having taught thousands of students, from total beginners to PhD candidates to globe-hopping rock stars.

I’ve written tuitional columns for Bassist Magazine and Bass Guitar Magazine – I currently write the Beginning Bass column for BGM – and have given bass, improv, looping and performance masterclasses at universities and colleges all over the world. I currently teach at Kidderminster College and at BIMM Birmingham.

I’m also give regular live seminars for the subscribers at and am the bass specialist at

Lessons are £40 an hour, or £60 for a two hour lesson.

I (very) occasionally teach a series of bass group-classes in Birmingham, called ‘Beyond Bass Camp’ has more details as well as a series of blog posts about my thoughts on bass teaching.

In the meantime, you might also enjoy the series of blog posts I wrote a while back about my approach to teaching – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

And this podcast from No Treble has some interesting insights: