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.
Start02. I Remember You – Lesson (4:13)
Start03. I Remember You – Performance and Play-Along (6:27)
Start04. Pitter Panther Patter – Lesson (9:09)
Start05. Pitter Panther Patter – Performance and Play-Along (4:46)
Start06. Estate – Lesson (5:32)
Start07. Estate - Performance and Play-Along (7:37)
Start08. Star Eyes – Lesson (4:58)
Start09. Star Eyes – Performance and Play-Along (5:45)
Start10. Star Eyes (Oscar Pettiford Solo) – Lesson (4:44)
Start11. Star Eyes (Oscar Pettiford Solo) – Performance and Play-Along (1:11)
Start12. Many Happy Returns – Lesson (5:03)
Start13. Many Happy Returns – Performance and Play-Along (3:53)
Start14. Whims of Chambers – Lesson (8:07)
Start15. Whims of Chambers – Performance and Play-Along (3:36)
Start16. Whims of Chambers (Paul Chambers Solo) – Performance and Play-Along (1:10)
Start17. Waltz New – Lesson (7:05)
Start18. Waltz New – Performance and Play-Along (3:53)
Start19. Waltz New (Red Mitchell Solo) – Lesson (8:00)
Start20. Waltz New (Red Mitchell Solo) – Performance and Play-Along (1:59)
Start21. Air on the G String – Lesson (10:00)
Start22. Air on the G String – Performance and Play-Along (6:28)
John Goldsby is a member of the WDR big band, a renowned bassist, educator, author and featured columnist for BassMagazine.com 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!
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.