The Avishai Cohen Masterclass

An in-depth interview with renowned bassist, composer and band leader, Avishai Cohen.

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What is The Avishai Cohen Masterclass?

The Avishai Cohen Masterclass is an in-depth video interview hosted by DDB Founder, Geoff Chalmers. Over two and half hours of discussion, they unpack the music and double bass techniques of this legendary bassist, composer and bandleader. The Masterclass covers a range of topics, including what Avishai learnt as a member of The Chick Corea New Trio and as co-founder of Corea's ensemble, Origin, as well as his time performing and recording with other renowned artists. In addition, they discuss Avishai Cohen's personal approach to double bass technique, improvisation, playing in a piano trio, phrasing, bass practice, rhythm, equipment, and much more!

If you are a fan of Avishai Cohen, you will love this personal insight into his music and double bass playing. The Masterclass is designed with bass players in mind to replicate the experience you would have if attending an in-person lesson or workshop. We dig deep and cover all the topics that bassists love, ranging from his technique and practice routine to composition and improvisation!

Lessons learnt from a career at the cutting edge of jazz.

In this Masterclass, Avishai Cohen draws upon his many years of experience performing alongside the jazz, Latin and contemporary music world's greatest musicians including Danilo Pérez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Seamus Blake, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove and others. Avishai also discusses his work as a bandleader on numerous acclaimed recordings including his 1998 debut Adama, the 2008 trio masterpiece Gently Disturbed and his most recent release, Shifting Sands. We explore what he has learnt so far during his illustrious career at the forefront of improvised music and how it can help you on your musical journey.


Avishai Cohen
Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen is a celebrated bassist whose illustrious career has seen him perform & record with many of the jazz and Latin music world's most renowned musicians. These include Chick Corea, Danilo Pérez, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove and many more. As a composer and bandleader, Avishai is known for groundbreaking albums, such as the 2008 masterpiece "Gently Disturbed" & compositions, including "Remembering".


From Avishai Cohen's signature bass techniques to his unique approach to improvisation, we delve into the music of one of the bass world's most revered artists.

What topics are covered in this Masterclass?

Session One
: We start our discussion by looking back to Avishai Cohen's origins story, his key influences, the experience of learning from and playing alongside musical legends in 90's New York, his practice routine and how he was able to make so much progress in those formative years.

Session Two: We discuss various topics, including Avishai's approach to sound production, right hand technique, the duo and trio format, key Latin and jazz influences.

Session Three: In this session, we continue our deep dive into Avishai's personal approach to double bass technique with a discussion around left hand technique and how to make your bass lines and solos sing.

Session Four: We cover improvisation, rhythm, recording, bass gear and more.

Session Five: We round out the Masterclass by looking at the creative process, as well as a very special solo bass improvisation.


Detailed sheet music transcriptions of Avishai Cohen's musical examples are included. These beautifully written PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required.


This Masterclass is a unique opportunity to learn about the music and bass techniques of a world-renowned artist.

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A unique insight into the musical world of a jazz bass virtuoso.

The Avishai Cohen Masterclass is a unique opportunity to learn about the music and bass techniques of jazz bass superstar. Hosted by DDB Founder, Geoff Chalmers, and focused on the double bass, this Masterclass covers the topics and questions that bass students would ask at an in-person lesson or masterclass.

Avishai Cohen and Masterclass Host, Geoff Chalmers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Masterclass start and finish?
The Masterclass starts now and never ends! It is completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish watching.
How long do I have access to the Masterclass?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this masterclass for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. There are no costly recurring subscriptions, so once enrolled there's nothing more to pay.
What if I am unhappy with the Masterclass?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How is a Masterclass different from a Course?
Our Masterclass series are long-form interviews about an artist's double bass playing with DDB Founder Geoff Chalmers, whereas our courses are on a specific topic and presented by a single tutor. There are no formal, structured 'lessons' in this Masterclass, but we will hope you will learn lots from the expertise of the artist.
Can I ask Avishai Cohen questions?
No, but you will have access to the Discover Double Bass private forum (The Study Group) where Geoff Chalmers and other community members will be able to help.
Are there subtitles for the videos?
The discussion is in English and there are optional English subtitles.
Can I download the videos?
No, they are only available to view online. However, PDFs of the transcriptions are available to download.

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