Links links links… who doesn’t love links? If you’ve got a suggestion for me to add, leave a comment and let me know!
My all-time favorite double bass link
Why, it’s Contrabass Conversations of course! The double bass podcast that I have hosted for the past 10 years has featured featured “heavy hitters” like Ron Carter, Paul Ellison, Rufus Reid, Carlos Henriquez, Chuck Israels, Adam Ben Ezra, and a huge number of other guests. We release multiple episodes per week and have thousands of regular listeners. Check it out!
P.S. – We also have a free Contrabass Conversations app!
A book that all bass players should check out is Peter Tambroni’s excellent new work An Introduction to Double Bass playing. It is full of great advice for beginners, experienced players, teachers, and parents. This is a really valuable resource. Check it out!
This page contains a wealth of information on how to get started as a double bass student. It’s also filled with useful material for teachers.
“Desert Island” Technique Materials for Jazz and Classical Bass
Double Bass Articulations Guide
If you’re looking to build up your library with the most essential materials, check out this link. These are the books that I can’t live without.
General Bass Sites:
International Society of Bassists
Bass Club Chicago
American School of Double Bass
Bob’s House of Basses
Bob Gollihur’s Double Bass Links Page
Double Bass and Violone Internet Archive
The Online Double Bass Guide
Harmony Central Bass Resources (great for electric bass)
The Double Bass Page (UK)
DaXun Zhang’s Website
Sigi Busch’s Website
Gary Karr’s Website
Encyclopedia of Bass Logic
The Online Journal of Bass Research
Rufus Reid Homepage
Chicagoland and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Programs:
Stool Cushions (these things are great!):
check my string article for advice on what to choose
Bob’s House of Basses has a very comprehensive listing
Bow Rehair and Bow Services in Chicago (I’ve lived in Chicago for decades, so excuse the Midwest bias):
Ward Hansen (Chicago) 630-567-2697
Kenneth Stein Violins (Elmhurst) 630-782-0273
Robertson & Sons Violins (New Mexico–contact them for mailing instructions)
Chicago Luthiers/String Shops:
String Shops Outside Chicago:
The String Emporium – upright bass specialists
Bob Beerman’s Bass Violin Shop
Heartland String Bass Shop
Cincinnati Bass Cellar
David Gage String Instrument Repair
Kolstein Bass Shop
The String Emporium
Chicago Area Music Schools:
Northwestern University School of Music
Andrew Raciti, bass faculty
University of Illinois Bass
Michael Cameron and Larry Gray, bass faculty
Music Publishers for Bass:
Slava Publishing (Progressive Repertoire by George Vance)
BassPlace.com online distributor
Thomas B. Gale publications
Aebersold Bass Publications – jazz
www.BassScores.com – Michael Cameron’s publishing company
Ray Brown 9 part master class
Sigi Busch’s Website – great MP3 and MIDI resources
A Jazz Improvisaton Primer (on-line guide to jazz improvisation)
Aebersold Play-Along Series
The FREE Jazz Handbook (Aebersold) – excellent resource!
Musical Instrument Insurance:
Music Educator Resources:
Professional Associations for Bass Players:
Career Websites for Performers:
Chicago Area Professional Orchestras/Concerts to See:
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago Opera Theater
Music of the Baroque
Lake Forest Symphony
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
United States Orchestral Training:
Quality Bass Programs Beyond Chicagoland:
Curtis Institute of Music
University of Maryland
University of North Texas
Cleveland Institute of Music
University of Southern California
Juilliard School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
New England Conservatory
I use the International Society of Bassists insurance program and highly recommend this as an option.
doublebassexcerpts.com – this site is extremely useful!
Double Bass MIDI Files from albsound Studio – this is a great resource for MIDI files!
Audacity – a great FREE sound recording and multi-track editing program
Classicalmusicarchives.com (comprehensive MIDI orchestral repertoire)
Violinmasterclass.com – an excellent educational resource for all string players with videos, practice charts, and more
MusicTheory.net – great online music theory compendium
Online Ear Training
Practicespot.com – great site filled with practice tools, games, downloads, exercises, articles, etc.
Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Session (Bill Koehler)
Inner Game of Music
more solo bass MIDI
Hans Sturm’s Double Bass Audition Resources (audio and text bass resources)
Electric Bass Downloads Page
Douglas Yeo Trombone Home Page (not a bass page, but full of valuable career and practice info.)
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