What is Beginner's Double Bass?
Beginner’s Double Bass is a step-by-step video course presented by Geoff Chalmers which comprises six hours of HD video across 83 lessons. It is a comprehensive method that teaches everything you need to know to get started with the double bass. 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 I have provided written exercises in standard notation.
Geoff Chalmers is the founder of Discover Double Bass, an educator and professional double bassist from the UK. He is a double bass fanatic who loves to teach and created Discover Double Bass to give you the tools, inspiration and support you need to create your best music.
What Will I Learn?
- The 83 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route though the course material. Starting with the very basics it covers everything you need to get started with the upright bass.
- The course is comprised of 27 chapters covering a wide range of essential topics. From advice on left hand technique and posture to a detailed look at the fundamentals of shifting, scales and arpeggios, everything you need is all in one place.
- Throughout this course, I have provided short study pieces for you to practice whilst working on the technical aspects. Many of these include backing tracks for you to practice with.
- This course is presented with the examples of jazz, blues and popular music, however we also have a course which is specifically for beginner classical bassists.
Geoff teaching at the London Bass Show (photo by Future Publishing).
Does any of this sound familiar?
- Are you struggling to play in tune?
- Do your hands get tired and you struggle to play in comfort?
- Do you thoroughly understand the layout of the fingerboard?
- Is your technique is holding you back?
If any of these challenges describe you, then Beginner's Double Bass is a great fit. Whether you are new to the double bass, or a more experienced player looking to review the fundamentals, we can help you get playing the right way!
If you are new to the double bass, or are a more experienced player wanting to review the fundamentals, this is the course for you.
What isn't covered?
Beginner’s Double Bass is a course designed for jazz, blues and contemporary bassists which covers the fundamentals of technique and some fun jazz pieces, however it doesn't teach you how to improvise.
If you are looking to specifically learn classical music, we have a course designed which is perfect for you, called Beginner's Classical Bass by Jason Heath.
Sight reading isn't a requirement to take this course, however transcriptions of the exercises are provided for those who would like them. These PDFs are displayed on the lessons pages and can be downloaded if required.
By the end of this course you will have learnt the fundamentals of double bass technique, be able to play confidently and with great intonation.
Here's what's being said about the course:
“Discover Double Bass is an exceptional online resource, other than a few hundred hours intensive practice, it’s singlehandedly been responsible for almost every performance skill I’ve developed on the upright bass. Thanks so much, Geoff 'the Upright Buddha!"
Phill Mann (Author, BGM Columnist, Players School of Music & SBL Lecturer)
"This is a great beginners introduction to playing the upright bass. I love the methodical approach to the lessons."
– Jesse Perez
"When I started this course, I was a total beginner, I had zero experience with double bass. But this course took me step by step into grasping all the fundamentals I needed to play this instrument. I can now easily navigate the fingerboard with ease of technique, and most importantly, play tunes with my friends.”
– Steven Simon
"Geoff goes into detail in every aspect of the course and takes the time to explain everything so even the new player can understand. Thank you for a great experience!”
– George Sinnott
"Geoff's style is informative and engaging, I recommend his classes to anyone looking to get started or brush up their skills on the Bass.”
– Darryl Clark
Frequently Asked Questions
Start your double bass journey the right way, with easy to understand lessons in a step-by-step order.