Orchestra Chops Vol. 2

Popular orchestral excerpts and techniques for classical bassists.

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Orchestra Chops Vol. 2 is an online course by classical double bass specialist Joseph Conyers.

This course is built for any bassist who wants to improve their classical technique and learn key excerpts from the classical bass repertoire. It's also perfect for double bassists preparing for orchestral auditions as these excerpts are commonly required.

Orchestra Chops Vol. 2 comprises 36 lessons over 3 hours of video that covers the following seven orchestral excerpts:

  • Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Movement I (mm. 161-189)

  • Richard Strauss, 'Ein Heldenleben', Op. 40, (Rehearsal Numbers 9-11)

  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection", Movement I (mm. 1-20)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550, Movement I (pickup to mm. 115-138)

  • Modest Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, “Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle”, (Rehearsal Numbers 56-58)

  • Sergei Prokofiev, 'Romeo and Juliet' Suite No. 2, Movement V, 5 measures before Rehearsal Number 50

  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042, Movement II, (mm. 1-10).

Joseph Conyers presents each excerpt in detail covering musical context, phrasing, bowings, articulations, rhythms, and more, while also teaching his unique expressive style and techniques to help you improve every aspect of your playing. Each lesson has everything you need including the excerpt music with bowings and markings, orchestral scores, and recordings of each piece. Joe's engaging presence will be sure to motivate you to practice and improve, think about the music in a new way, and give you the edge you need to perform these excerpts at your very best.

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


Joseph Conyers
Joseph Conyers

Joseph Conyers is a committed performer, educator and director based in Philadelphia. He is the principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and teaches double bass at The Juilliard School, NY. He is also the director of music education and leadership nonprofit Project 440.


Orchestra Chops covers not only the mechanics of playing these musical gems but the tools and tips of the trade to take your performance to the next level.

What will I learn?

Over the 36 video lessons, Joseph covers a wide range of playing techniques as they come up in the excerpts, as well as detailed advice on playing each excerpt true to the composer's style.

Topics include:

  • Accents
  • Articulations
  • Bowings and fingerings
  • Context of the pieces in the orchestra
  • Spiccato
  • Phrasing
  • Playing in the style of the composer
  • ... & much more!


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Sheet Music

Detailed sheet music for the excerpts is included in the course. These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required.

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

"You can listen to what people say, sure. But you will be far more effective if you listen to what people do."

Wise words from the business guru Seth Godin, and they have as much resonance in music.

Joseph Conyers exemplifies experience and expertise as an orchestral musician, and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending his new 'Orchestra Chops' course.

- Leon Bosch, Professor of Music at Trinity Lavan Conservatoire of Music and Dance, soloist and educator.

Joseph Conyers' Orchestra Chops is an amazing set of courses. The lessons show Joe's true devotion to teaching and his way of explaining and transmitting his experience to bassists is precise and focused. I really recommend these courses, not only to bass players but to composers and conductors as well!

- Valentina Ciardelli

"What a wonderful opportunity this course is to work with a world-class bassist like Joseph Conyers. This course has provided me with not only superb technical knowledge that only comes from someone expertly trained and experienced but also an intimate knowledge of the time period the music was written in. This course is a serious requirement for any classical player and is taught by one of the best double bassists in the country."

- John Wadsworth


I love excerpts! There is so much to discover in each one - strokes to analyze, fingerings to explore, and musical ideas to dive into.

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Looking to enrol on Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 together?

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Orchestra Chops: The Complete Collection.

Orchestra Chops: The Complete Collection

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, the sheet music PDFs are available to download.
Can I ask Joseph Conyers questions?
Joseph 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.
Is this course suitable for complete beginners?
No. This course is for intermediate to advanced classical bassists and assumes basic knowledge of music reading and classical bass technique. It covers several different orchestral excerpts at different levels so you can improve your orchestral playing.
Do I need to take Orchestra Chops Vol. 1 before Vol. 2?
No, the lessons in these courses are based on different excerpts and can be taken in any order.

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

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