Concepts of Solo Playing

A step-by-step method for double bass soloists. 65 video lessons, 5+ hrs.


Here's what you can expect from the course

What is 'Concepts of Solo Playing?'

‘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.


Whether you've already played a lot of solo music or are new to it, the 'Concepts of Solo Playing' course is for you. The lessons start from the very basics and more advanced players will also have plenty to work on as the course progresses.

What will I learn?

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.

Your Instructor

Lauren Pierce
Lauren Pierce

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.

What if I have questions?

Below each video there's a comments section where you can ask questions about the lessons and get direct feedback from Lauren.

This course also includes membership of the ‘Discover Double Bass Study Group’ so you can ask Lauren Pierce or Geoff Chalmers 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, we will be there to answer your questions and get you back on track!

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Course Curriculum

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"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

The Definitive Course on Double Bass Solo Music

  • A comprehensive video course for playing double bass solo music.
  • A step-by-step method starting from the ground up and progressing to advanced topics.
  • Over five hours of video lessons with sheet music from pieces covered in the course and supporting written material.Ask questions directly on the lessons pages.Members-only study group.
  • 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.
Does the course work on an iPad or tablet computer?
Yes, you can view the lessons online via any internet browser.
Can I get help if I don't understand something?
Yes. You can post a question below any of the video lessons and get feedback from Lauren.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I download the videos?
No. The videos are available to view online, but you can't download them. You can download any accompanying PDFs and MP3 files.
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.
Will this course teach me to play with the bow?
Whilst the course does cover some aspects of bowing, if you want to study the technique Lauren has a specific course that would be more appropriate. It's called 'Double Bass Bowing Technique' and you can find it in the course library.
Does this course cover jazz improvisation?
No, you need Geoff Chalmers' course, 'Soloing: A Step-by-Step Method for Double Bassists' which you can find in the course library.

“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

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Our courses are only available on DiscoverDoubleBass and include a 30 day, no questions asked, full refund policy.