Ready to take your jazz bass skills to the next level?
Bandstand and Beyond by Katie Thiroux is an online course comprising 29 lessons over 3.5 hours of video. It contains everything you need to develop your jazz bass skills, including lessons, music transcriptions, and band play-along tracks. This course is perfect for jazz bassists with the fundamentals in place and who are ready to take their playing further. Topics include walking bass lines, improvisation, soloing, ear training, arranging and more.
A live trio joins Katie in the studio to demonstrate the concepts and techniques she teaches. There are also inspiring band play-along tracks for you to practice along with at home. Transcriptions of Katie's exercises and performances are also provided.
This course is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
LA-based Katie Thiroux continues the hard-swinging bass tradition of bassists such as Ray Brown or John Clayton. Katie's album, “Off Beat,” was awarded a “Best Album Of 2018” by Downbeat Magazine as well as "Rising Star" 2019. She is dedicated to jazz education, conducting masterclasses and workshops worldwide. In addition, Katie is the director of "Women in Jazz" for the Monterey Jazz Festival and the host of the wildly popular podcast, The Hump with Katie Thiroux.
If you feel like you're stuck or in a rut, I've been there too and this is why I came up with these lessons to help you on your journey.
What will I learn?
The 29 video lessons cover a wide range of topics on jazz bass playing. These include:
- Improvising melodic walking bass lines
- Developing your solos
- Arranging for solo double bass
- Arpeggio practice
- Practice routine tips
- Lessons with the band
- ...and much more
Many lessons are demonstrated with chord progressions to jazz standards such as 'It Could Happen to You', 'Have You Met Miss Jones', 'Blues' and more.
Who's this course for?
Intermediate to advanced double bassists who want to learn new approaches to jazz bass playing from one of the bass-world's brightest stars.
Detailed transcriptions of the exercises are included (96 pages of sheet music). These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required.
"Katie Thiroux has once again created a Discover Double Bass course that helps demystify so many vital tools for playing jazz bass at any level! Her course has multiple chapters that include foundational technique exercises, improving your time feel, ear training, transcription work, practicing with only yourself, building melodic improvisation both in your walking and soloing, learning tunes on the bandstand, building your own solo bass piece, and so much more!
My favorite thing about Katie’s teaching is that she always applies her exercises, either on walking or soloing, so you immediately know how to use these tools. I cannot wait to start shedding her material and using these phenomenal techniques with my own studio. Thank you KT for your stellar pedagogy!
- Dr Molly Redfield, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University
We have provided play-along tracks performed by members of Katie Thiroux's trio, pianist Sam Watts and drummer Matt Witek.
- Sam Watts, Katie Thiroux & Matt Witek.