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 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.