Louis Pettinelli’s Lessons

inspiring generations

In addition to being an active performer in The Tri-State Area, Louis also maintains an active private studio of electric bass, upright bass, and cello students throughout the Tri-State Area. Lessons are offered in classical bass, jazz bass, and cello. In addition, Louis is available for instruction in musical theory. Louis’s students have been selected for ensembles such as New Jersey Region 3 Orchestra, New Jersey Region 3 Jazz Ensemble, NYU Summer Jazz Camps, and Berklee Summer Jazz Camps, just to name a few.

Louis offers in-home private lessons predominantly, and comes to you for your convenience. He also offers Skype lessons.

Louis’s lessons contain built-in music theory, as well as heavy emphasis on technique, phrasing, and the overall development of musicality. Furthermore, Louis’s lessons focus in particular on the practical application of musical concepts, rather than just their theoretical basis. In other words, the concepts in Louis’s lessons translate to real-world application. In addition, they are very student-oriented, and tailored to the needs of each individual student. Everyone has different musical goals, and progresses at their own unique and individual rates. Louis recognizes that, and creates a curriculum from which each student can thrive.

For inquiries about rates, as well as specific questions about lessons, please contact Louis!


  • Louis is a friendly and accommodating upright bass instructor! He shapes instruction and assignments to reflect specific strengths and weaknesses.

    Djuan N.
  • Louis is a great observer from which he identifies sound and efficiency issues and then develops approaches to combat these deficiencies. He has a solid pragmatic regimen to build the foundation for executing difficult passages as well. He is open to ideas and constructively shapes one's playing and also reacts to what is working well.

    Cooke H.
  • Louis does a good job. I'm in my 60's stopped playing in my mid 20's and just started relearning. He's teaching me in a manner I enjoy and have learned from.

    Mark R.
  • Louis is an outstanding teacher and player. Very informative, clear and patient. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking to study bass!

    Christopher J.
  • Louis is an outstanding teacher. I got lessons for my husband who has never played before and he is making great progress thanks to Louis. He works with my husband's learning style and challenges him with assignments between lessons. He is patient and supportive.

    Moira B.
  • Great electric bass instructor!

    Josh S.
  • I agree with the other reviewers on this site, Louis is an excellent teacher! I have been taking bass lessons from him for two months now and have already made a lot of progress. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes many different approaches to address specific needs. Highly recommended.

    Aaron B.
  • I had one lesson with Louis for two hours. In those two hours he was not only able to analyze my form and find my inefficiencies, but also was able to instill in me both the knowledge and skills to step up my bass playing from beginner to intermediate almost overnight. He has a firm grasp of the bass and is also a phenomenal bassist.

    Matthew M.
  • I enjoy working with Louis very much. What I enjoy most is his professionalism and his patience. He is very caring and very understanding. A true professional.

    Robert B.
  • I saw a huge difference in my son’s ability in a short amount of time. Very pleased! I have also seen renewed enthusiasm for the bass in my son. Louis is an amazing instructor.

    Nic S.
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