‘Concepts of Solo Playing’ is a comprehensive method in which Lauren Pierce shares her unique approach to learning, interpreting and performing classical solo music.
It comprises 5+ hours of videos across 65 lessons, sheet music of the pieces covered in the course, transcriptions of exercises, and supporting written materials. In addition, several of the video lessons feature live accompaniment.
If you have seen her virtuosic performance videos you will know that Lauren is an incredible soloist. In this course she breaks down the key concepts behind her playing in easy to understand lessons. These concepts and methods are designed to help you to develop your own voice as a soloist and can be applied to any piece of music.
This video course is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
"These lessons start from the very basics, but more advanced players will also have plenty to work on as the course progresses."
- Lauren Pierce
The course comprises five chapters covering a wide range of information on playing solo music. Starting with the fundamentals like choosing the tempo, planning your practice routine, interpreting written markings and deciding fingerings. Then progressing to more advanced lessons such as ones on choosing bowings, clarity in fast passages, tone quality, phrase mapping and cuing an ensemble. For a full lesson index please see the 'Course Curriculum' below.
The 65 lessons are presented in a step-by-step order teaching you how to learn solo music from the ground up. It starts from the very basics and progresses to more advanced topics, so there's something for you whatever your level of experience.
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. She’s here to inspire and educate to help you play your best music.
This course includes membership of the ‘Discover Double Bass Study Group’ so you can ask questions and get the help you need. The Study Group is a ‘closed’ Facebook group in which only bassists who have bought a course can ask questions or view the discussion. If you need help along the way Lauren, Geoff Chalmers and the other group members will be there to answer your questions and get you back on track!
"Lauren Pierce has compiled an extensive discussion of the many aspects of solo playing. She is very thorough, clear and insightful in her approach. This is an extremely valuable tool for performers of all levels who strive for greater understanding and success in their solo performance."
- Jeffrey Bradetich
International Double Bass Soloist and Pedagogue Regents Professor of Double Bass, University of North Texas
“Concepts of Solo Playing is an innovative, colorful, and comprehensive journey through the process of playing solo repertoire. As an excellent performer herself, Lauren applies her hands-on performance knowledge to her superb teaching skills. The course provides all insights you need to know to improve your solo repertoire playing and is designed in a way that all aspects are broken down step-by-step to easily understand, follow, and apply.”
- Felix Olschofka
Associate Professor of Violin, University of North Texas