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Frequently Asked Questions

What is tonebase Premium?
tonebase Premium is the paid version of the tonebase platform. It gives you complete access to our entire catalog of repertoire and technique lessons, courses, interviews and more. In addition to the lesson catalog, Premium members receive exclusive discounts from our partner music retailers, first-access to brand new tonebase Premium lessons, and free access to LIVE masterclasses with the esteemed tonebase artists (coming soon!). Premium users also get a 20% discount on private feedback sessions and have access to our 'Request A Piece' feature which allows you to request particular repertoire and techniques you’d like to see covered on tonebase.
How much does a tonebase Premium membership cost?
Monthly memberships cost $18.95 per month. Yearly memberships cost $140 for the entire year which is almost a 40% discount!
How do I start a tonebase Premium subscription?
You can create a tonebase Premium subscription by clicking the Upgrade button at the top of the page and selecting either a Monthly or Yearly membership. Once, you have done so, your 7-day free trial will start and you will have complete access to the entire platform.
How does the free 7-day trial work?
The 7-day free trial's purpose is to allow you to experience tonebase in all it's glory, no strings attached! Simply sign up for a tonebase Premium account and gain access to every lesson, course, interview, and more on the site for free. Cancel at any time during your trial and you will not be charged. In addition we offer a 90-day money back guarantee within which we will issue a full refund, no questions asked if you are unhappy with your purchase.
Why does it ask for payment details during the free trial?
We request a payment method at the beginning of your free trial to ensure you don't have any interruption in service after the trial ends.
Are there any student or teacher discounts?
Yes! Send us an email at [email protected] with the name of the school you teach or work at and we'll send an exclusive coupon your way!
Can I give a tonebase Premium subscription as a gift?
Yes, however our gifting feature is still in beta testing... For now, simply email us at [email protected] and we will coordinate it.
When will my subscription renew?
Your Premium subscription will renew exactly one year (365 days) from the date of purchase for the Yearly plan, and 30 days from the date of your purchase on the Monthly plan. To see when your membership started, please visit your profile where you can view your billing dates and receipts.
Can I switch from the Monthly to the Yearly option later?
Absolutely. You will soon be able to make the switch within your profile, but for the time being please email us at [email protected] to make this switch. We will credit your account with however many months you've paid for and reduce the charge from your Yearly membership. Unfortunately, Yearly memberships cannot be downgraded to a monthly membership until the date of expiration has been reached.
Will I be charged automatically?
Yes, your payment method will automatically be charged depending on the interval of your membership. If the payment method on file is incorrect, we will make up to 5 attempts to contact you before restricting your Premium access. If your access has been restricted, simply reach out to us at [email protected] and we will assist in resolving the issue.
What is your refund policy?
We offer a 90-day, no questions asked money-back guarantee. We will authorize refunds beyond the 90-day window on a case by case basis. Simple reach out to us at [email protected] to submit a request.
How do I cancel my tonebase Premium account?
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About Us

Our Mission

To democratize access to the highest-quality music education, allowing everyone to learn from and be inspired by the best.

Who Are We?

At tonebase, we have a firm belief that knowledge is meant to be shared. The passing down of information from one generation to the next is the only way a culture can continue to develop and grow.

The tonebase Team

Nowhere is this more true than in music. Without a great teacher, students at every skill level cannot progress sufficiently. That is why it is crucial for all students to have access to the best instructors possible through every stage of their musical development. Unfortunately, for too long, the knowledge of the world's greatest musicians has been accessible to only a select few - those with the necessary talent and funds to attend the most elite universities and conservatories.

At tonebase, our mission is to change that standard by democratizing high-level music education around the world. By combining music, passion, and technology, we aim to build the go-to resource for anyone learning an instrument anywhere.

Our Story

tonebase began when two classical guitarists, Igor Lichtmann and Chris Garwood, met at the Yale School of Music where they were both studying with Ben Verdery. Together, they came up with the idea of creating instructional videos with the world's greatest guitarists and sharing them on the internet so that students everywhere could view them at an affordable price.

After several failed attempts on Chris's behalf at learning how to code, they decided to do things the right way and started looking for a technical co-founder who felt equally passionate about democratizing music education. Enter Abhi Nayar, a Computer Science in the Arts and Economics major at Yale University as well as a hobbyist musician himself!

Since joining forces in March 2017, the three of them have been set on this quest and are joined by an awesome team that is helping make it a reality!

Our Team

We're a passionate group of musicians, coders, and Lakers fans looking for awesome people to help us redefine online music education. If you're interested in joining us on this journey, take a look at our current open positions!

Abhi Nayar
Abhi Nayar
Co-founder

Abhi is the Technical Lead and a Co-founder at tonebase. You can find him in a hoodie, with his headphones turned on to country music and socked feet resting in some (incredibly comfortable) Nike sandals.

Chris Garwood
Chris Garwood
Co-Founder

Chris, one of the guitar guys, is in charge of Marketing and content curation which means he's watched every single lesson and has learned literally everything there is to know about the classical guitar. Too bad he has that long-term memory problem...

Igor Lichtmann
Igor Lichtmann
Co-Founder

Igor does content strategy and artist relations at tonebase. When not lifting and exploring California's craft beer scene (which goes together quite well) Igor's a retired death metal player turned classical guitarist.

Sean Mulholland
Sean Mulholland
Head of Production

As Head of Production, Sean handles video production and editing. He started learning about camera equipment because he wanted to take better pictures of his dogs. Now he oversees hundreds of hours of content creation every month, none of which is dog related.

Erin Young
Erin Young
Head of Product — Guitar

A native of Northern California, Erin manages Guitar Operations at tonebase. She is a classical guitarist who stumbled into early music during her Masters and has been happily strumming a baroque guitar ever since. When she isn’t working or playing guitar, you can usually find Erin playing board games or at a brewery (or playing board games at a brewery).

Ben Laude
Ben Laude
Head of Product — Piano

Ben is the new Head of Product, Piano at tonebase. When he’s not making movies with pianists, he’s trying to be one himself. In his leisure time, he enjoys experimenting with low forms of humor, long speculative conversations about the fate of human society, and watching the NBA.

Alex Kown
Alex Kown
Head of Growth

Experienced Director of Growth, Strategy and Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the on-demand industry. Skilled in Data Analytics, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Marketing & Operations Strategy.

Patrick Finazzo
Patrick Finazzo
Full-Stack Engineer

Patrick is a software engineer with a strong passion for music. He discovered his passion for programming while attending Berklee College of Music, where he studied Electronic Production and Design and Music Business. Patrick is also an avid classical guitarist, cellist, pianist, and electronic musician. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, and drinking coffee.

Ethan Chilton
Ethan Chilton
Peripeheral Content Lead

A native of California’s Central Valley, Ethan is a Los Angeles-based musician and composer, primarily of jazz music, with a passion for improving access to high quality music education. While his life’s purpose is to make danceable, genre-busting music, he divides his time between developing peripheral content for tonebase, studying astrophysics, and figuring out what would happen to all of tonebase’s content were it to fall inside a black hole.

Join The Team

Love education, music, creativity, or impact? Interested in joining a fast-paced, high-growth seed-stage startup?

We'd love to have you join our team. tonebase is based in Los Angeles, and works with contractors, videographers, artists and designers + developers around the world. If you think you'd be a good fit we'd love to hear from you, even if a relevant positioned isn't listed below. Shoot us an email anytime at [email protected]

Open Positions:

Full-Stack Engineer

Growth Engineer

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