Double Bass Left Hand Technique
A step-by-step course to master left hand technique on the double bass.Enrol in Course
What is the 'Double Bass Left Hand Technique' course?
‘Double Bass Left Hand Technique’ is a step-by-step video course presented by Lauren Pierce, which comprises 5.5 hours of HD video across 64 lessons. It is a comprehensive method that teaches all of the key aspects of double bass left hand technique.
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 there are written exercises in standard notation.
This video course is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
Lauren Pierce is our classical double bass expert. Well known for her virtuosic solo double bass performances on YouTube, she is also a world leading educator. Lauren is here to inspire and educate to help you play your best music.
Great left hand technique makes playing the double bass easier, improves your speed, accuracy and intonation.
What will I learn?
The course comprises 9 chapters covering a wide range of information on left hand technique. You'll start with the fundamentals of technique like playing with a consistent hand shape, intonation, fingering choices, basic thumb position technique, shifting, and more. From there, you'll seamlessly progress to more advanced material such as vibrato, playing quickly, and strengthening weak fingers.
There are a ton of exercises and etudes included within each chapter so you get a chance to not only practice, but truly solidify each technique. Additionally, each chapter ends with a practice tip that will help you work on the specific techniques covered in that section.
Everything you need is all in one place and presented in a logical, step by step fashion.
Start01 - Intro to the Course (5:08)
Start02 - The Positions (3:51)
Start03 - The Basic Left Hand Shape (5:53)
Start04 - 1st Finger Exercise (2:27)
Start05 - Spacing Between 1 & 4 (5:22)
Start06 - 1-4 Across Strings (6:25)
Start07 - The 2nd Finger (4:18)
Start08 - Solidifying Finger Spaces (5:03)
Start09 - Section 1 Overview (4:01)
Start10 - 1st Position (5:37)
Start11 - The 2nd Finger (5:41)
Start12 - Study Piece in 1st Position (5:20)
Start13 - Half Position (4:48)
Start14 - Study Piece in Half Position (3:24)
Preview15 - Spacing Differences Between Positions (6:34)
Start16 - Moving as a Unit (6:35)
Start17 - Study Piece in 1st & 4th (4:05)
Start18 - Triads in Half and 1st Position (5:21)
Start19 - Section 2 Overview (4:04)
Here's what's being said about the course:
"Left Hand Technique is a powerful new tool bass players of all levels can utilize... I will be encouraging all of my colleagues and students to add this course to their library of materials knowing that they will use it often."
- Robin Smith - Principal Bass at Signature Symphony, Bass Instructor, Oral Roberts University & Barthelmes Conservatory.
"Lauren is an excellent teacher, and I feel like this course has allowed me to improve more consistently and rapidly than I would have just by studying a book or taking "once a week" lessons. It seems that just as I get stuck in a section or have questions, I move to the next section and Lauren has introduced something that will "fold back" on the previous lesson in order to propel my playing forward."
- Emily Davies
"This was the first course I took on DDB after I decided to start playing the bass again after a few years. It took me a while to really practice and learn all the information that is contained here. Lauren is such a great teacher and her approach is very clear and concise, and the course gives A LOT of exercises and tips for improving."
- Juan Pablo Caro
"This course is not only fundamental to getting your left hand together, but honestly contains the missing information that so often keeps a great, advanced player from becoming a virtuoso. I have studied with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world and hold two degrees in jazz performance. Honestly, Lauren helped me fill in the gaps that many, many teachers miss out on: the essentials of the concepts of playing on the fingerboard. Lauren's course helps establish all of the correct habits to make things go from sounding good to sounding world-class."
- Brandon Miller
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