Double Bass Thumb Position

A step-by-step course to master thumb position technique. 47 video lessons, 4+ hrs.

What would it do to your double bass playing if you mastered thumb position technique?

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What is 'Double Bass Thumb Position?'

‘Double Bass Thumb Position’ is a step-by-step video course presented by Lauren Pierce, which comprises 4 hours of HD video across 47 lessons. It is a comprehensive method that teaches all of the key aspects of double bass thumb position 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.

The video course is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.


Playing in thumb position is an essential skill for all modern bassists and the method can be applied in many styles of music, not just classical music. Whilst the lessons start from the very basics more advanced players will also have plenty to work on as the course progresses.

What will I learn?

The 46 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route though the course material. Starting right at the beginning with the very basics it covers all of the key bowing techniques you need to know. The course comprises eight chapters covering a wide range of information on thumb position. Starting with the fundamentals of technique like hand shape, fingering choices and posture. Then progressing to more advanced material such as playing false harmonics and notes off the fingerboard. Everything you need is all in one place and presented in a logical, step by step fashion.

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. It’s a private community of like minded double bassists who are looking to develop their playing, be more creative and produce their very best music. 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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The Definitive Course on Thumb Position Technique

  • The most comprehensive video course for double bass thumb position technique available anywhere.
  • A step-by method starting with the fundamentals and progressing to advanced material.
  • Four hours of video lessons with transcriptions of exercises.
  • Ask questions directly on the lessons pages.
  • Access to an exclusive members-only study group.

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.

Lauren is one of the best bass players I have ever heard in my life. She has a magic sound, brilliant technique, and wonderful musicality. Her way of playing is very passionate, gorgeous, virtuosic. She is marvellous.

- Roman Patkolo

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