The Bass Player's Guide to the Trio

A Step-by-Step Course. 50 video lessons, 3.5hrs.

Learn new ways to play the bass that your band mates will love.

Check out this short video to hear what's in the course...

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.

Your Tutor

Danny Ziemann
Danny Ziemann

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 was the 2018 bassist in the Focusyear Artist Diploma band in Basel, Switzerland. Danny currently teaches at The Eastman Community Music School, SUNY Oswego, and is a visiting professor of jazz bass at the Eastman School of Music.


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

What will I learn?

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.

Topics Include:

  • Song Introductions.
  • How to play with different drum patterns.
  • Bass lines with different feels.
  • Tags and endings.
  • Pedal Points.
  • Playing Out.
  • ...and much more.

Check out the full lesson list below:

Lesson Index

Who's this course for?

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.

Meet the band

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.

Here's what people are saying about the course...

"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

"Excellent course!!! I'm an intermediate player from Germany. This course is a very good bridge from my practising room to the bandstand! At home, I can practise a lot: Arpeggios, scales, changes, standards. This course develops an understanding of how I can use all this stuff in a musical way within my band or at a jam session. Once I will know all the stuff internally, it will be possible for me to react to all the things that will happen on a session in a musical way. This will be a long journey but this course is a goog guide along the way, so I will walk on...!"

- Dirk Amon

"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

"Danny gives each lesson with the musical sensitivity and perspective of an experienced player, and the heart of a teacher. The use of high quality video and audio, combined with .pdf transcriptions, is especially effective and makes crystal clear each concept addressed. I am enthusiastic about this course, and have made it a required supplemental text for all jazz bass majors at my school, Shenandoah Conservatory."

- Donovan Stokes

"I've played in a handful of gigs with some really experienced professionals and this course has really given me a clearer glimpse of the things those players expect me to know. "

- Robert Ham

"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


Transcriptions of the exercises for those who would like them. These PDFs are displayed on the lessons pages and can be downloaded if required.

Course Features:

• 3.5 hours of video lessons.

• A step-by-step method.

• All of the lessons feature a backing band.

• Transcriptions of exercises.

• Optional subtitles in English.

• 30 Day full refund policy.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Will the course work on a iPad or tablet?
Yes, all of our courses can be viewed via an internet browser on any device. However, please note an up-to-date operating system and/or browser may be required for video playback.
Can I download the videos?
No, they are only available to view online. However PDFs of the transcriptions are available to download.
Can I ask Danny questions?
Danny isn't available to answer questions, but we do include membership to the 'Study Group'. A private Facebook group which you can ask Geoff Chalmers and our community of double bassists questions.
Can I take this course on bass guitar?
Yes. All of the concepts and ideas are directly applicable to bass guitarists as well as double bassists.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I’m sure you will love the course, but if you’re not completely satisfied we offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

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