The Creative Improvisor

An inventive new approach to improvisation for double bassists.

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Do you want to learn new and exciting approaches to improvisation?

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What is The Creative Improvisor?

  • The Creative Improvisor is an online video course presented by Olivier Babaz which comprises over 5 hours of HD video across 43 lessons.
  • The course is designed for intermediate to advanced level jazz bassists and covers Olivier's personal approach to improvisation.
  • In addition to the video lessons, the course includes detailed transcriptions and backing tracks.
  • Olivier is joined in the lessons by a guitarist so you can hear how these concepts sound in context.
  • Optional subtitles in English are provided for each video.


Olivier Babaz
Olivier Babaz

Olivier Babaz is a French double bassist and composer living in Montreal, Canada. Renowned as a jazz bassist with incredible bowing technique, as well as for his stunning performances of double bass and kalimba. Olivier is also a columnist for the blog, No Treble.


If you are looking to change the way you approach improvising on the bass, this is the course for you.

What Will I Learn?

  • The 43 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route through the course material.
  • Olivier Babaz covers a wide range of topics that are perfect for intermediate to advanced jazz bassists. From advice on phrasing, alternative techniques, reharmonizing chord progressions, ear training, rhythm exercises, percussion on the bass, playing in fast tempos, new ways to look at modes and much more.
  • The concepts in these lessons are demonstrated using chord progressions to commonly played jazz standards such as Giant Steps, Stella by Starlight, Just Friends, Darn That Dream, Body and Soul, There Is No Greater Love, Alone Together, Oleo and more.


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Detailed transcriptions of the exercises are included. These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required. There are 81 pages of sheet music, so you will have everything you need to practice at home.

Guitar Backing:

Olivier is joined in the studio by guitarist Sam Dunn, who provides tasteful accompaniment so you can hear how these concepts will sound in context. We have also included downloadable guitar backing tracks so you will have everything you need to practice at home.


Expand your creative options with this alternative approach to improvisation

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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.
Does the course work with an iPad or tablet computer?
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?
They are not available to download but can be streamed online on any device. You can download the accompanying PDFs and MP3 files as needed.
Can I ask Olivier questions?
No, Olivier isn't available to answer questions, but you can ask for help in our exclusive study group where Geoff Chalmers and the other members will help you get back on track.

Our courses are only available on and include a 30 day, full refund policy.

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