bass videos


We will be featuring an interview with bowmaker Susan Lipkins on Contrabass Conversations this month!  Sue is one of the most in-demand bowmakers in the country and has been creating quality handcrafted bows for years.  She is the first bowmaker that we’ve featured on the podcast, and you’re going to love […]

Bowmaker Susan Lipkins on the podcast this month!





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Berlin Philharmonic principal bassist Matthew McDonald has a YouTube channel on which he has begun putting out some of his wonderful bass and piano performances. Here’s a recording of him performing Koussevitzky’s Valse Miniature: He also has recordings of the Bottesini Grande Allegro a la Mendelssohn, Bruch Kol Nidrei, and the […]

Matthew McDonald’s YouTube channel



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I’m really looking forward to bringing you our interview with Gulbenkian Orchestra principal double bassist Marc Ramirez!  We had a wonderful talk and covered some really interesting topics involving working overseas, Bass 2016 Prague, Marc’s European premiere of the Harbison Bass Concerto, and his beautiful Cavani bass. Up Magazine did a great feature on […]

Marc Ramirez on next podcast episode



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Claus Freudenstein, who is an International Society of Bassists board member and Bassmonster member and who also serves as director of Bavarian Bassdays, will present a short bass recital and lecture/demonstration this coming Saturday about his book MINI-BASS and Minibass Doublebass. The program will include works by Andrés Martin, Simon Garcia, Robert Fuchs, […]

Double bassist Claus Freudenstein in the U.S.!


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Heres a video of the great Paul McCartney on double bass doing the Elvis tune ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ – lots of fun! There’s not a lot of content online featuring Paul on the upright bass, though I can find a few photos here and there of him playing it over the years. […]

Paul McCartney on the Double Bass





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I’m really excited to be able to share an interview, conducted by Jonathan Stefaniak, of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra solo double bassist (principal bass) Shigeru Ishikawa on Contrabass Conversations this coming week. Shigeru previously served as principal bassist for the BernerSymphonieOrchester in Bern, Switzerland and the Florida Philharmonic as well as guest principal bass with […]

Shigeru Ishikawa on the podcast this week!


Charles DeRamus
OK–this video is awesome.  Check out this very cool arrangement of Jean Sibelius’ Valse Triste by Contrabass Conversations guest Charles DeRamus.  Charlie is a fabulous bassist and a great composer and arranger, and this video is totally worth a watch.

Six Double Basses play Valse Triste



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Former Contrabass Conversations guest Kristin Korb recently posted this recent video from Dr. Randy Kertz discussing hand pain for bassists–check it out by clicking through below.  It covers carpal tunnel syndrome and other common issues for double bassists.   Have you checked out ISB Connect yet?  If not, you really should. […]

Double bassist hand pain – advice from Dr. Randy Kertz