Teachers at the Old Town School

Harlan Terson

Bass Guitar, Guitar

Blues Soul Rock

Harlan Terson was born in Chicago on January 3, 1951, and began playing electric bass in 1966. His influences include all styles of blues, as well as the recorded sounds of Stax/Atlantic and Motown. James Jamerson, Carole Kaye, Jerold Tommy Cogbill, and Duck Dunn are just a few of his favorite bassists. He began playing professionally after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Terson's steady in the pocket groove has kept him working on the competitive Chicago blues scene, and taken him overseas as well. He recorded and toured with Lonnie Brooks from 1976-1982. He has also appeared and recorded with many other artists, including the legendary Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Magic Slim, Albert Collins, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Littlejohn, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Rogers, Kim Wilson, Eddie Shaw, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Jody Williams, Steve Freund, Tad Robinson, Dave Specter and the Bluebirds, Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, The Chicago Rhythm Review, and Chicago blues rockers, The Fabulous Fish Heads. He performed at the internationally famous Kingston Mines in Chicago for more than twenty years, and has taught at The Old Town School of Folk Music since September, 1999. He has appeared on more than thirty commercial recordings on various labels including Alligator, Delmark, Evidence, Severn, and JSP.

Education: BA Music, University of Illinois-Chicago

Started at the Old Town School in August of 1995


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/30/2017

Mondays 1:00 pm – 5:15 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:45 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Mondays 1:00 pm – 5:15 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:45 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Bass Groove Lab with Harlan Terson
$147 ($137 members)
for 8 weeks
10/30/2017 – 12/18/2017Mondays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Paul McCartney Bass Style with Harlan Terson
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Guitar 2 with Harlan Terson
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/05/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Guitar 3 with Harlan Terson
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/05/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Basics Crash Course with Harlan Terson
$98 ($88 members)
for 4 weeks
11/26/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Bass Groove Lab with Harlan Terson
$152 ($142 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Blues Bass Repertoire with Harlan Terson
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Crash Bass for Guitarists with Harlan Terson
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Guitar Theory with Harlan Terson
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Guitar 1 with Harlan Terson
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Guitar 2 with Harlan Terson
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bass Guitar 3 with Harlan Terson
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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