Danny Ziemann's 'The Bass Player's Guide to the Trio' is an online course which comprises 3.5 hours of HD video across 50 lessons. It explores the role of the bassist in a jazz trio, starting with the basics and progressing to advanced materials.
All of the lessons feature a live band so you can see how to apply these concepts and ideas.
Reading music is not a requirement as all the exercises are demonstrated in the video lessons, but if you prefer to read them as well we have provided detailed transcriptions of the exercises.
Optional subtitles in English are provided for each video.
This course is available to view online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
Bassist, educator and author of two jazz bass method books, The Low Down Vo1. & 2. Danny is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently the bassist in the first Focusyear Artist Diploma band in Basel, Switzerland where he studies and plays with luminaries including Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy.
In this course I'm privileged to share what I've learnt about playing in a jazz trio to help you on your own musical journey
- Danny Ziemann
The 50 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route though the course material. Starting with the fundamentals the course progresses all the way to an advanced level.
Each concept or technique is demonstrated using commonly played jazz standards such as The Days of Wine and Roses, Blues Progressions, Body and Soul, Bye Bye Blackbird, I'm Old Fashioned, Invitation and more.
If you are a jazz bassist who wants to learn about playing in a trio, or as a rhythm section then this is a great fit. Danny shows you how to shape your music, improve communication with your band mates, play common introductions and endings and much more.
Danny is joined in every lesson by two of the U.K's best jazz musicians, Jamil Sheriff on piano and Caroline Boaden on drums. Their tasteful and supportive playing will help you to hear how these concepts sound in context.
"This is really well done. Danny Ziemann is concise, articulate and a real artist. Can’t beat that combination!!! The sound and video production is also first class."
- Lloyd Goldstein
"An absolute 'must' for anyone that plays in a small jazz group. Danny Z is really engaging to watch and listen to. Highly recommended!"
- Stephen Harrison
"Completing the full course for a first time was such a great pleasure: many simple and clear ideas, absolutely great trio to learn with, outstanding sound recording: I could not stop hitting the next button at the end of each video, and I am now ready to dive into a more detailed run. Great! Thanks Danny & team!"
- Laurent Six
"I was able to learn many aspects of bass playing that usually are given for granted. Thank you DDB and Danny Ziemann for the excellent work!"
- Gabriele Trabucco
"Danny's "Bass Player's Guide to the Trio" is chocked full of great insights"
- Eric Meyer