Team Player

Artistry in the ensemble.

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Do you want to elevate your bass playing where it matters most, on the bandstand?

Check out this short video to hear how we can help.

Team Player: Artistry in the Ensemble is an online course by the acclaimed bassist and educator, John Goldsby.

This course comprises lessons, performances, play-along tracks and transcriptions designed to be the ultimate resource for playing in jazz ensembles. It's all here, from intimate duos to hard-swinging trios, from the classic saxophone quartet to a modern sextet with horns. If you're a jazz bassist looking to play bass lines and solos that your bandmates will love, this course is perfect for you.

What will I get?

The course contains 27 video lessons written and presented by jazz legend John Goldsby and 29 live band performances, ranging from duo to sextet. Each performance features a play-along track with three mixes:

  • Full ensemble
  • No bass
  • Bass only

Detailed transcriptions of John Goldsby’s original bass lines and solos are included. There are 345 pages of sheet music and 87 play-along tracks, so you will have everything you need to make the most of your practice time.

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

Who can I play with?

The course features ensemble performances and play-along tracks with the following lineups:

  • Duo with piano
  • Duo with electric guitar
  • Duo with acoustic guitar
  • Duo with drums
  • Trio with piano and drums
  • Trio with saxophone and drums
  • Quartet with piano, drums and saxophone
  • Sextet with piano, drums, saxophone, trumpet and trombone

Many of the topics are demonstrated using chord progressions to commonly played classics, including Recorda Me, I Got Rhythm, Air on the G String, I Remember You, Sometimes I'm Happy, as well as modern compositions by John Goldsby and Billy Test.

John also covers classic bass solos by artists including Ray Brown, Scott LaFaro and Red Mitchell.


John is joined by our biggest ever cast of musicians in this groundbreaking course.


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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.


Detailed transcriptions of John Goldsby's bass parts (melodies, bass lines and solos) are included and can be downloaded if required. This course has 345 pages of sheet music, so there's plenty to learn!

Play-Along Tracks:

We have provided play-along tracks (full ensemble, no bass, bass only) performed by the various lineups so you can practice in a way that suits you. These can be played from the lesson pages or be downloaded as needed.

- Billy Test, Caroline Boaden, Jamie Taylor, Nadim Teimoori, Mark Chandler and Kevin Holbrough.

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.

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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, the videos are only available to view online. However, PDFs of the transcriptions and MP3 play-along tracks 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.
What level are these lessons?
This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced jazz bassists who already understand the fundamentals of improvisation.

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

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