Double Bass Thumb Position

A step-by-step method to master thumb position technique on the double bass.

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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.


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. Lauren is here to inspire and educate to help you play your best music.


Playing in thumb position is an essential skill for all double bassists. Whilst these 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 through 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.


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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.

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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.
Does the course work on an iPad or tablet computer?
Yes, you can view the lessons online via any internet browser.
Can I ask Lauren Pierce questions?
Lauren isn't available to answer questions, but we do include membership to the Study Group, a private forum where you can ask Geoff Chalmers and our community of double bassists questions.
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.

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

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