Here are our most frequently asked questions about Discover Double Bass.
Can I view the courses on an iPad or tablet computer?
Yes, you can view the lessons online via any internet browser.
Can I ask questions about the courses?
The tutors are not available to answer questions directly. However we do include membership of a private Facebook group in which you can ask questions and interact with fellow double bassists who are also working on the course.
How long can I access the course for?
As long as you need. There are no further charges once you enrol and you can study at your own pace.
Can I download the lessons?
The videos are available to stream anytime, but you can't download them. You can download any accompanying PDFs and MP3 files.
Are the lessons free?
Whilst the YouTube video lessons are freely available and contain all the information you need, I also sell the transcriptions, backing tracks and written guidance in the 'YouTube Lessons Guide'.
The material in the Lessons Guide is for the YouTube lessons and not related to the courses.
What's the 'YouTube Lessons Guide'?
On the D string:
Octave D harmonic
G (4th above the octave harmonic)
2nd octave D harmonic
On the G string:
E (6th above the octave G harmonic)
B (3rd above the 2nd octave G harmonic)
D (5th above the 2nd octave G harmonic)
Where are the dots on Lauren's fingerboard?
What equipment does Geoff recommend?
It's impossible to recommend equipment as all strings/pickups/amps etc perform differently on different instruments. Here's a list of the gear which I have found works best for me. I've been using the same rig since 2008 and love the way it performs.
- German factory bass from around 1880 which has had extensive repair work including a new front and neck graft.
- Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich Strings. I also love Pirastro Obligato, D'Addario Zyex and Thomastik Spirocore light gauge strings.
- Fishman Full Circle pickup.
- Acoustic Image Clarus amplifier (single channel)
- Euphonic Audio 12” M-Line cab.
What equipment does Lauren Pierce use?
Her double bass is a small Italian instrument from the 1850s, unknown maker.
Strings: For solo tuning, she uses Pirastro Flatchrome Solos for the top 3 strings and a Spirocore Weich on bottom (I usually have a drop D on bottom).
In orchestra, she uses Bel Cantos with a Spirocore Medium E.
For chamber music, she like the Flatchrome orchestra strings for the top 2, a Spirocore Weich on the A, and a Spirocore Medium E.
Skype Double Bass Lessons
Geoff works flat out on the website so isn't available to teach private lessons.
Does Geoff Teach Private Lessons?
Does Lauren Teach Private Lessons?
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