Lay It Down

Creating Jazz Bass Lines.

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Are you ready to learn a comprehensive method of improvising jazz bass lines?

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Lay it Down: Creating jazz bass lines is an online course presented by acclaimed bassist and educator John Goldsby.

This course is designed to teach you how to play melodic and swinging walking bass lines which your bandmates will love! It comprises 40 lessons over 5.5 hours and covers a wide range of topics on improvising walking bass lines. These are highly effective lessons, which can make a real difference to your playing!

Many of the videos feature piano and drums accompaniment. We also provide play-along tracks with three mixes of each recording:

  • Full band
  • Piano and drums
  • Solo double bass

Detailed transcriptions of John Goldsby’s original exercises, bass lines and some classic bass recordings are included in the course. There are 109 pages of sheet music, so you will have everything you need to practice at home.

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


John Goldsby
John Goldsby

John Goldsby is a member of the WDR big band, a renowned bassist, educator, author and featured columnist for and Bass Player Magazine for three decades. His hugely popular 'The Jazz Bass Book' has become required reading for any serious student of jazz bass.


This course is perfect for jazz bassists who want to learn how to play swinging walking bass lines that their bandmates will love!

What will I learn?

The 40 video lessons cover a wide range of topics on jazz bass. These include:

  • Improvising bass lines
  • Rhythmic embellishments such as triplet drops
  • Rhythmic studies
  • Classic bass introductions
  • Player analysis
  • Melodic walking bass lines
  • ...and much more!

Many of the topics are demonstrated using chord progressions to commonly played jazz standards such as 'How High the Moon', 'Wave', 'I've Got Rhythm', 'But Not for Me', 'Stella by Starlight', 'There is No Greater Love' and more.


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Detailed transcriptions of John Goldsby's bass lines and the exercises are included. These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required. There are 109 pages of sheet music in this course, so you won't run out of new music to learn!

Play-Along Tracks:

We have provided play-along tracks performed by John's trio, so you can practice with the full group, piano and drums only, or solo double bass. These MP3s can be played from the lesson's pages or be downloaded.

- Dan Weildon & Caroline Boaden.

Here's what's being said about John's teachings:

"You can’t learn from a better teacher."

- Peter Erskine, legendary jazz drummer.

"John Goldsby is a marvelous player and educator. His teaching methods have been tried and proven effective around the world"

- Jamey Aebersold, NEA Jazz Master, renowned educator & author.

"Yet another great course from Discover Double Bass and John Goldsby. Highly recommended!"

- Nordine Ben-Kabbach

"Very much enjoyed this course. Especially the transcription and analysis of great lines from great bass players"

- Bob Weir

"I loved this course! It started from the very beginnings of how to play a walking bass line and became progressively more advanced. The jam-a-long tracks offered the possibility of playing jazz with world-class players and, at least for me, increased my tempo much faster than I would have on my own. If you want to play a walking bass line, this course is a great place to star"

- Clayton Bearden

"John and the team at Discover Double Bass did a terrific job organizing and creating this course. Really enjoyed all of the insights into the playing of jazz bass greats like Ray Brown and Paul Chambers. Very happy with all of the course... going to go back and review the material again and again.

Best bass course I've taken!"

- George L.

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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.
Will the course work on a tablet?
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?
No, they are only available to view online. However PDFs of the transcriptions are available to download.
Can I ask John Goldsby questions?
John 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.
Do I need to take John Goldsby's other Discover Double Bass courses first?
No. John Goldsby's Discover Double Bass courses can be taken in any order.
How is this course different from Creating Walking Bass Lines by Geoff Chalmers?
Whilst both courses cover the same core principles of bass line construction, John Goldsby's course offers his personal approach to the subject. In addition to John's teachings, Lay it Down also features a live band, play-along tracks and transcriptions of classic recordings.

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

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