Integral Technique

A comprehensive study of left-hand technique with numerous examples of orchestral and solo repertoire.

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What is 'Integral Technique?'

It's an online video course presented by Dr Marcos Machado which comprises 4 hours of HD video across 79 lessons.

It is a comprehensive study of left hand technique with numerous demonstrations using orchestral and solo repertoire.

Written with intermediate to advanced bassists in mind, this course is perfect for those who are looking for new approaches to left hand technique on the double bass. It's a complete system, covering the whole register of the double bass including thumb position.

Detailed transcriptions are included with 129 pages of sheet music, so you will have everything you need to practice at home.

Optional subtitles in English are provided.


Marcos Machado
Marcos Machado

Dr Marcos Machado is Professor of Double Bass at The University of Southern Mississippi, author of 'The Tao of Bass' series of books and a world-renowned virtuoso.


With these lessons, you will learn to play with total freedom to express your musical ideas.

What Will I Learn?

  • The 79 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route through the course material.
  • The course covers a wide range of essential topics including pivots, crab, fork, fan, playing with four fingers, vibrato, thumb position, shifting, trills, finger substitution, scale and arpeggio exercises, how to develop dexterity and endurance, and much more!


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Detailed transcriptions of the exercises are included (129 pages of sheet music). These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required.

Marcos Machado is one of the great virtuoso double bassists of our time.

Check out this short video to hear him perform the cadenza from Bottesini's Double Bass Concerto No 2.

Here's what's being said about the course:

"Marcos Machado treats us as intelligent and curious performers, suggesting that instead of blindly adhering to all of the rules and dogma of any given method, we play to our physical and mental strengths by finding those left-hand techniques that work best for us.

By providing a host of different fingerings and extensions as examples, he encourages and helps us to find custom-made, personal solutions to musical puzzles that defy traditional solutions. Integral Technique is a valuable tool especially for those willing to do a bit of unconventional searching and experimenting."

- Frank Proto, Renowned bassist and composer.

"I am thrilled to see this pairing of Discover Double Bass and the great Marcos Machado! His book, Tao of Bass Vol.1, has become a required text at Appalachian State University for the bass studio. It shows that, aside from being a master performer, Marcos is a dedicated pedagogue who brilliantly distills the fundamentals from various styles and methods, from Simandl, Rabbath, Bille, and Prunner, among various other greats. I always recommend Discover Double Bass to any student as a valuable resource, but with this new offering, DDB has truly taken bass pedagogy to the next level! "

- Dr. Adam Booker, Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Appalachian State University

"Marcos has done a vast work to grow personnaly, to open our horizon and to give us material to progress. I encourage bassists to be open to new concepts and dare to put the effort of doing that kind of work, Marcos has a lot to bring us. Experiment, organise, be a sponge, absorb. But like François Rabbath says, beware of the ocean! One thing at a time..."

- Étienne LaFrance, Ex Co-Principal bassist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec-Founder, Domain Forget, faculty at Domain Forget.

"Dr. Machado’s concept is a sensational tool for all bassist who wants to expand and improve their knowledge about the double bass and their skills on the fingerboard."

- Andrés Martín, Eastman Strings Artist, soloist, chamber musician and composer.

"Integral Technique is fascinating. It has been very valuable for the development of my students."

- Antonio Arzolla, Double Bass Professor at Unirio University in Rio de Janeiro. Principal bass at Orquestra Sinfônica Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

"In his new course, Integral Technique, Marcos Machado presents an extensive examination of a variety of left hand techniques for use on the double bass. His clear explications are presented in tandem with excellent exercises for the development of each technique, as well as examples for their application in the standard classical repertory.

The course itself is extremely well thought-out and clearly presented, and his non-dogmatic philosophy of technical “coexistence” permeates each lesson and encourages a sense of discovery and exploration for the student.

This course is an excellent resource for all students of the double bass, and henceforth, it will be recommended to all of my students. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. In short, this is a powerhouse of a course on the left hand, and it should be in every bassists’ pedagogic library."

- Donovan Stokes, Professor of Music at Shenandoah University-Conservatory

"Students who work from this tutorial will most definitely be successful!"

- Sandrino Santoro, Legendary double bass professor. Former professor at UFRJ, UNIRIO, and Villa-Lobos School of Music in Rio de Janeiro.


My approach is non-dogmatic, I combine many schools and many different approaches.

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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.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
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.
Does the course work with an iPad or tablet computer?
Yes, all of our courses can be viewed via an internet browser on any device. However, please note an up-to-date operating system and/or browser may be required for video playback.
Can I download the videos?
They are not available to download but can be streamed online on any device (You can download any accompanying PDFs and MP3 files).
Can I ask Marcos Machado questions?
No, Marcos isn't available to answer questions, but you can ask for help in our exclusive study group where Geoff Chalmers and the other members will help you get back on track.
What style of music is used in this course?
There are numerous examples from the orchestral and solo repertoire as well as original exercises.
Is this course suitable for beginners?
No, it's more suitable for intermediate to advanced players.

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