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Double Bass/Jazz instructional videos created for the University of Louisville department of Jazz Studies. In addition to serving as a reference for students in my private studio at UofL, these videos are intended as a form of worldwide educational outreach. PDF files of written material and transcriptions from the video series can be found by clicking the links below the playlist. Should you have questions or comments about anything in any of the videos, feel free to contact me through the Contact page of this site. I welcome your feedback!

Jazz Bass Series Topic Index

Introduction to Melody and Soloing in Thumb Position PDF File

My Romance Playalong Track

Walking Bass Line Theory Basics PDF File

Walking Bass Line Examples and Analysis PDF File

Fly Me To The Moon Shell Voicing Transcription

All The Things Bass Line (From Walking Bass Lines Part 2)

Hamilton Pinheiro’s Brazilian music reference recording list

Walking Bass Line Topics with Hamilton Pinheiro


The latest subseries of the Bass Technique Series, this series focuses on presenting improvised performances, then transcribing the entire performance and having the performers comment on some of the things they were thinking during the performance. The goal of the series is for beginning improvisers to gain some insight into the true frame of mind of performers who are improvising in the jazz idiom and beyond, and to hopefully temper some perceptions that musical improvisation in the moment is a primarily intellectual act. Discussion of pertinent theoretical concepts that may aid the beginning/intermediate improviser follow the performers’ discussion of the music.

Organic Harmony and Changing Tones (full book chapter)

Organic Harmony and Changing Tones (musical examples only)

Bye Bye Blackbird Duet Transcription from Episode 1

Bye Bye Blackbird Changes Comparison


A newer subseries of the Bass Technique Series above and also devoted to double bass technique, the “Bachrilege” series focuses on the the work of J.S. Bach, and specifically the suites for unaccompanied Cello. Most videos will present an arrangement of a single suite movement arranged and edited for pizzicato double bass, with each movement geared toward a focus on several specific aspects of technique. PDF files of the movement editions, including the full score, score arrangement with articulations, and score with fingerings, are available for free download below the playlist.

Suite 1 Prelude (full score)

Suite 1 Gigue (full score)

Suite I Allemande

Suite I Menuet

Suite I Sarabande

ISB Presentation Examples