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Hello. I’m John Chatelain.

John teaches beginning and intermediate electric bass lessons, guitar lessons and ukulele lessons. A jack-of-all-genres, John is happy to jump into any style if it’s not already represented by one of our specialist teachers.

John Chatelain’s Lessons

John’s lessons—on bass, ukulele, or guitar— use a combination of method books (to build a foundation) and his own unique exercises (to target and develop specific techniques glossed over in the methods).



The right notes at the right time, part of learning music is knowing scales, patterns, and progressions.



If you don’t develop that internal sense of rhythm, playing your instrument just wont be as fun.



Knowing how to play through a mistake is a skill too.

John’s Background

John brings years of experience—both in teaching and performing—from a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Jam, Celtic, Americana, and more.


Education & Experience

John started playing bass at the age of 9 and guitar at 19. He studied Jazz Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, spent a few summers touring Europe with a bluegrass band, and has performed in dozens of local/regional bands playing bass, keys, and mandolin.


Outside Of Music

Before co-founding On Chord Academy, John taught French at the University Of Utah for 2 years while pursuing a masters degree in Comparative Literature, where he gaining experience in curriculum design, lesson planning, and teaching methodology.

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On Chord Academy.

Take Bass, Ukulele, or Guitar lessons from John Chatelain or one of our other qualified and experienced music teachers, at On Chord Academy, in Layton Utah.