Jazz Bowing by Olivier Babaz is an online video course with 69 video lessons, transcriptions and play-along tracks.
This is a comprehensive method with over six hours of lessons that cover jazz bowing technique, from the basics to an advanced level.
The course is perfect for jazz bassists who want to play bass lines, solos and melodies with the bow.
Many of the lessons feature guitar and drums accompaniment and there are also play-along tracks of the exercises.
Detailed transcriptions of Olivier’s exercises, etudes and solos are included. There are 94 pages of sheet music, so you will have everything you need to practice at home.
The course is presented in English with optional English subtitles for each video.
To view a sample lesson please click here: Lesson Preview.
This course is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
Olivier Babaz is a French double bassist and composer living in Montreal, Canada. Renowned as a jazz bassist with incredible bowing technique, as well as for his stunning performances of double bass and kalimba. Olivier is also a columnist for the blog, No Treble.
What Will I Learn?
The 69 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route through the course material. Starting with the very basics Olivier covers everything you need to become a confident and creative improvisor with the bow.
The course covers a wide range of essential topics. From advice on technique, the bow hold, improvising bass lines and solos with the bow, playing melodies and much more.
Many of the exercises are demonstrated by the Olivier Babaz Trio using common jazz standards such as There Will Never Be Another You, Solar, Someday My Prince Will Come, Alone Together, Ornithology, Billies Bounce, All of Me, Bernies Tune, Blues and Rhythm Changes. There's no classical music here, it's all jazz!
Who's this course for?
If you are a jazz bassist who wants to learn how to incorporate the bow into all aspects of your bass playing, this course will be a great fit. Perhaps you have tried classical bowing method books and struggled to relate the material to what you do as a jazz bassist? Olivier Babaz has created a course on bowing technique which is easy to understand, with fun exercises that were created specifically for jazz bassists.
If you are looking for a bowing method that is designed specifically for jazz double bassists, this is the course for you!
Start07. The First Sounds with the Bow (7:12)
Start08. Adding Rhythm (5:30)
Start09. Bass Line Exercises (6:26)
Start10. Triplet Patterns & Bass Lines (6:58)
Start11. Alternate Bowing Pt.1 – Half Notes (5:18)
Start12. Alternate Bowing Pt.2 – Quarter Notes (2:58)
Start13. Accents (2:57)
Start14. Eight and Sixteenth Notes (4:42)
Start15. Sixteenth Note Accents – Rock Riff (6:07)
Detailed transcriptions of the exercises are included (94 pages of sheet music). These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required.
We have provided downloadable play-along tracks performed by Olivier's band, so you can practice with the guitar and drums.
- Sam Dunn and Caroline Boaden.
"Great course! The comprehensive content is clearly presented and provide a deep insight into bowing techniques as applied to Jazz."
- Bruno Migliari
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Learn to play jazz with the bow using these easy to understand, highly effective and fun lessons.