Smash Your Audition! is an incredible online course by the acclaimed bassist and educator Phoebe Russell.
This course is designed for intermediate to advanced classical bassists looking for a fresh approach to orchestral and solo double bass playing. If you're preparing for an audition or want to improve in all areas of your double bass playing, it's a great fit!
The course comprises 32 online lessons over three hours and 25 minutes of video, with downloadable sheet music. Lessons cover a wide range of topics on classical bass to help you prepare for an audition by focusing on advanced techniques, musical concepts and mental preparation. Whilst the goal is to help you smash your audition, these lessons are designed to help anyone looking to improve.
Concepts and techniques are demonstrated with these popular examples from the orchestral and solo repertoire:
- Beethoven 5, Scherzo, Mvt. III (mm. 1-100)
- Beethoven 5, Trio (mm. 140-218)
- Beethoven 9, Mvt. IV, Recitative (mm. 8-90)
- Verdi, Othello, Act IV
- Mozart 40, Mvt. I (mm. 114-135)
- Mahler 2, Mvt. I (mm. 1-41)
- Vaňhal Concerto for Double Bass, Exposition
These lessons are designed to help you play with more confidence, musical freedom and personal expression.
Phoebe Russell is a virtuosic soloist, performer and educator from Melbourne, Australia. She is the principal double bassist of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and is regularly invited as guest principal at international orchestras, including the Australian World Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, working under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Barenboim, and Zubin Mehta.
This course is designed for those looking to master advanced double bass techniques, not just those taking an audition.
What will I learn?
32 video lessons cover a wide range of topics on classical double bass technique, from thumb position to intermediate/advanced bow strokes. Course topics include:
- Left hand technique
- Thumb position
- Nerve management
- Mental audition preparation
- Stage skills
- Preparing orchestral excerpts
- Preparing a solo piece
- ...and much more
Simply put, Phoebe's lessons will help you play at your best and give you the edge to Smash Your Audition!
Sheet music for the pieces and exercises including Phoebe's markings and fingerings are included in PDF format.
Join our exclusive community.
This course includes membership in the Discover Double Bass Study Group, a private online forum accessed directly through our website. You can ask questions, and get feedback on your playing from DDB founder Geoff Chalmers and the community members.
What's being said about this course?
"A really good course that has helped me to appreciate in the round what's required of the professional double bass player."
- Keith Pinnock