About Zoltan's Bass Lounge


We are an online learning platform with a personal touch. Focused on teaching you music to improve your bass playing, technique and musicianship. You'll be able to work your way through our step-by-step lessons and courses at your own pace, knowing that help is always available should you need it, provided by Zoltan Dekany, an internationally renowned teacher and performer.

'My personal bass learning journey took me from the prestigious Franz Liszt Music Academy in Hungary to California Institute of Arts in Los Angeles. Now as the Principal Lecturer in Jazz Bass at Leeds Conservatoire, and a private tutor to many aspiring bassists worldwide, I know how important it is to understand that there are no shortcuts in music. This said, with steady growth and clear goals, the continued joy and satisfaction we can experience whilst endeavouring to discover more about our instrument is a truly fulfilling and unparalleled experience. 

Our platform here at Zoltan’s Bass Lounge is based on this principle, taking you through thoughtfully curated step by step courses tailored for you. We have carefully planned and recorded each lesson in a way that will deliver detailed, clear solutions to any specific problem on both electric and double bass. 

Our Commitment

At Zoltan's Bass Lounge we are committed to delivering you all the key musical skills necessary to become the bass player you aspire to be, whilst helping build your confidence on the path to becoming a successful real world musician. Our courses are specifically designed to enable you to progress at your own pace, and just to help you on your way, each purchased Premium course, or once a month with a Membership Plan, you’ll also qualify for a free ‘Bass Booster’ video exchange lesson where you can submit a performance or question to ZBL and receive a video containing my personal feedback. 

Regardless of whether you decide to study our free or paid Premium courses, or gain full access to all our Premium content with our Membership Plans, we are devoted to giving you access to all the essential tools you’ll need to develop your musical and instrumental knowledge. 

Our Methods

Besides our extensive library of courses and lessons, we also offer individual one-to-one online lessons to help guide you on your path. Excitingly, we are also in the process of creating a new ‘Bass Booster’ program to accelerate your progress. Within this new program you'll receive my personal feedback and guidance helping you break through any obstacles you encounter during the learning process. With personalised content, I'll assign you bespoke tasks and exercises to improve your playing and musicianship through a series of video exchange lessons. This is a super flexible way of augmenting your learning experience with specialist advice and development tracking, all with help just a click away. 

Our Experience

Studying music is a life long pursuit, and I’ve currently been on my own exciting journey for nearly four decades now, whilst also playing and teaching professionally for over 30 years. During this time I have worked all around the World and performed music in its many forms and styles. From classical orchestras to small jazz combos, chamber music to big bands, heavy jazz gigs in LA to shows in London’s West End, tours with popular artists and much more. 

Personal contact

You don't need to feel that you'll be left alone with any of the materials you'll purchase or if you take out a paid subscription. Zoltan is only an email or video exchange away to help you out. We pride ourselves on this, and not being an assembly line of students with no personal attention.

About Zoltan


Passionate about teaching and education, Zoltan tutored at Jeff Berlin's PlayerSchool of Music and at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, before moving to the UK to take the post of Principal Lecturer in Jazz Bass at Leeds Conservatoire in 2001.
As an educator, Zoltan has helped develop the skills of numerous career professionals including Chris Hargreaves (Benny Greb, Submotion Orchestra), Geoff Chalmers (Discover Double Bass), Sam Vicary (The Cinematic Orchestra), Dan Ezard (Gabrielle) plus many more.

Zoltan is passionate to teach people with an interest in music and bass who wish to progress and keep learning.


Before moving to the UK, Zoltan spent a number of years living in Los Angeles where he regularly performed with the guitarist Rick Zunigar (Stevie Wonder), Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden Quartet), Brandon Fields (Dave Weckl Band) amongst many others. 

Since arriving in the UK in the late 90s, as well playing with many of the country’s top jazz musicians, Zoltan has also performed with the BBC Big Band, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Sinfonietta, Elaine Paige, plus numerous West End shows including Legally Blonde, Shrek, The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Hamilton and Only Fools and Horses. 


As well as being passionate about teaching others, Zoltan has himself studied with many of the most renowned jazz and classical bassists of the 20th century including:

Ferenc Homoki - Zoltan Kodaly Music School (Hungary)

Ilona Vadasz - Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary)

Thomas Martin - Principal London Symphony Orchestra

Wayne Darling - Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Graz, Austria)

Charlie Haden & Darek Oleskiewicz - California Institute of the Arts (LA)

Jeff Berlin & Alfonso Johnson - California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles)

Arnie Egilsson - Principal Paramount Film Studios Orchestra (Los Angeles)

Putter Smith - Bassist with Monk, Duke Ellington, Art Pepper, Diane Schuur, Burt Bacharach

Dave Carpenter - Bassist with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson

Memberships we offer

Free Subscription

We offer a basic free subscription which enables you to take advantage of a range of basic courses and lessons. Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, there is enough free content to keep you busy for some time, with no obligation to move onto a paid membership plan.

Premium Courses

Our paid Premium courses are a great way to get deep into specific subject matters or topics, all designed for you to progress step by step and at your own pace. You can study on your own or with my tailored help, through one-to-one lessons or with our brand new flexible 'Bass Booster' program.

And just to help you on your way, with each purchased Premium course, you'll also qualify for a free 'Bass Booster' video exchange lesson. Here you can submit a performance or question to ZBL, and receive a video containing my personal feedback and guidance to help you break through any obstacles encountered during the course.

All purchased Premium courses come with lifetime access and a no questions asked 30 day money back guarantee, just in case the time isn't quite right for you at the moment, or you just simply changed your mind.

Membership Plans

If you are serious about taking your playing to the next level, take the next step and gain access to all of our exclusive Premium content to explore at your convenience. We provide 1 month, 6 month and annual Membership plans, all with a 14 day free trial period as standard.

And just to help you on your way, with each Membership Plan, you'll also qualify for a free 'Bass Booster' video exchange lesson every month! Here, you can submit a performance or question to ZBL and receive a video containing my personal feedback and guidance to help you break through any obstacles encountered during the month.

Membership Plans

Gain full access to our entire library of exclusive Premium courses by signing up to one of our all access Membership Plans here at Zoltan's Bass Lounge. With an included ‘Bass Booster’ lesson every month, choose your plan and let's get started!

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