The Renaud Garcia-Fons Masterclass

An in-depth interview with genre-defying virtuoso Renaud Garcia-Fons.

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What is The Renaud Garcia-Fons Masterclass?

The Renaud Garcia-Fons Masterclass is an in-depth video interview hosted by DDB Founder, Geoff Chalmers. Over three hours of discussion, they unpack the music and techniques of the virtuoso double bassist, Renaud Garcia-Fons. Exploring a range of topics that include: left hand technique, Renaud's unique approach to bowing, practice routine, articulations, studying with François Rabbath, composition, rhythm, bass gear, playing with loops and much more.

In this Masterclass, Renaud draws upon his years of experience as a recording artist, performing and composing his own music and signature double bass style. For decades he has pushed at the limits of what's considered possible on our instrument and his inspiring journey will inspire you to find your own way. As a bonus, we also visit Renaud's personal recording studio in Paris to take a behind the scenes look at the creative process.

The discussion is in English and we have provided optional English subtitles.

We have also included detailed transcriptions of Renaud's musical demonstrations so you will have everything you need to practice them at home.


Renaud Garcia-Fons
Renaud Garcia-Fons

Renaud Garcia-Fons is a musical phenomenon and world-renowned artist. Known for his unique approach to the instrument, Renaud has earned a reputation as the 'Paganini of double bass', but also as an artist who pairs his dazzling virtuosity with profound musicianship.


We unpack the breathtaking double techniques of a legendary artist.

What topics are covered in this Masterclass?

Session One: Renaud Garcia-Fons shares his key musical influences and how they informed his double bass playing, what he learnt from studying with legendary pedagogue François Rabbath, playing in L'Orchestre de Contrebasses and studying jazz bass.

Session Two: We discuss life as a double bass soloist, musical partnerships and the compositional process.

Session Three: We look at the key elements of effective double bass technique including preserving energy by utilising your weight, bow control fingering choices, ear training vibrato and shifting.

Session Four: We continue to explore double bass technique with a focus on pizzicato, bowing, Renaud's signature spiccato sound - pizz d'arco, posture and more.

Session Five: We visit Renaud Garcia-Fons' personal recording studio for a behind-the-scenes look at his recording process and double bass collection.

Insight into the Musical World of a Legendary Artist

This Masterclass is a unique opportunity to learn about the music and bass techniques of Renaud Garcia-Fons. The Masterclass covers the topics and questions that bass students would ask in person.


Detailed transcriptions of Renaud Garcia-Fons' musical examples are included. These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required.

Behind the Scenes Recording Studio Visit

In addition to the regular Masterclass videos, we also feature a behind-the-scenes look at Renaud Garcia-Fon's personal recording studio to learn about his double bass collection, recording setup and much more.


This Masterclass is an intimate portrait of the music and double bass techniques of the double bass phenomenon, Renaud Garcia-Fons.


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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Masterclass start and finish?
The Masterclass starts now and never ends! It is completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish watching.
How long do I have access to the Masterclass?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this Masterclass for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the Masterclass?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How is a Masterclass different from a Course?
Our Masterclass series are long-form interviews about an artist's double bass playing with DDB Founder Geoff Chalmers, whereas our courses are on a specific topic and presented by a single tutor. There are no formal, structured 'lessons' in this Masterclass, but we will hope you will learn lots from the expertise of the artist.
Can I ask Renaud Garcia-Fons questions?
No, but you will have access to the Discover Double Bass private forum (The Study Group) where Geoff Chalmers and other community members will be able to help.

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