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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With over 2 million downloads, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
 
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This solo show covers various ways to tune a double bass. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 300+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out my Beginner's Classical Bass…
 
In today’s episode, recorded live at Bass Camp NRW in Germany, we chat with adult learners Gabriele Fritz, Eef Weenink, and Katja Boenninghoff about their experiences learning bass and what continues to fascinate them about the instrument. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online S…
 
In this solo show, Jason shares thoughts on his recent trip to Germany and his observations of the double bass scene in the communities he visited. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversati…
 
Uli Schneider is a double bass performer and teacher in Germany and is the artistic director of Bass Camp NRW, which brings together dozens of bass students of all ages each summer in Heek, Germany. He is internationally active as a clinician and regularly plays as a freelancer with professional orchestras like the Duisburger Philharmoniker and the…
 
In this solo show, we dig into ways to make thumb position more natural and less scary on the double bass. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kind…
 
Fernanda Acosta began her formal music studies at the age of 15 in the Conservatorio de las Rosas. She has had the opportunity to participate in different festivals in Mexico, including OSIM (2016), Encuentro de orquestas en Toluca de Lerdo (2016), Festival internacional de Música de Morelia (FIMM 2016) with the Orchestra of the Swan, FIMM 2017 wit…
 
In this deep-dive solo show, Jason explores why double bass extensions are popular for reaching the low notes, their various styles, and advantages vs. disadvantages between 4 string basses with extensions and 5 string basses. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store wit…
 
Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser dedicated to the performance of creative music. His work explores aspects of chaos and complexity through involved rhythmic and spectral transformations while remaining grounded in an embodied approach to performance. Kyle regularly gives solo concerts that expand upon the vast timbral resources of t…
 
Today’s episode features a performance of Andrés Martin’s bass quartet Kitsune with Andrés (bass 1), Barry Green (bass 2), Owen Lee (bass 3), and Jason (bass 4). To purchase a copy of Kitsune, you can email Andrés at mgandres@gmail.com, and you can learn more about his great music on his website, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the p…
 
Eli Broxham is a bassist in Nashville who recently released Watch Me Learn, the debut album from his band Dallas Ugly. We talk about his path from classical performance major to multi-style bassist, making the move from Chicago to Nashville and lessons learned along the way, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to follow Eli and his work on his websit…
 
Today’s deep-dive is a “highlight reel” from our recent conversation with Luis Celis, the awesome new bassist in the Cincinnati Symphony, sharing tips for improving that will help anyone. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for b…
 
We’re chatting with Eleanor Martindale about this summer’s RCR Double Bass Camp, which will be coming up August 15-20 in Perpignan, France. We talk about how the camp is organized, the teachers that will be there, and much more. Enjoy, and you can learn more about the RCR Double Bass Camp on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the …
 
Today’s episode is a deep-dive into Nicholas Walker’s beautiful solo bass work Chorale. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 350+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check ou…
 
Renée-Paule Gauthier is a violinist, teacher, performance coach, writer, clinician, yogi, wife, mother, aspiring hiker, and personal growth junkie. She is also the host of the Mind Over Finger podcast, runs the Music Mastery Experience coaching program for musicians, and has recently been certified as a life coach. We chat about podcasting, playing…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers techniques for fixing collapsing left-hand fingers. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out my Beginn…
 
Luis Celis recently won an audition for the double bass section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Luis is originally from Venezuela and studied with Susan Hagen at the Berklee College of Music. He was also a diversity fellow with the CSO prior to winning the audition with the CSO. We talk about Luis’ musical journey, what his preparation proces…
 
Joe Policastro played a great set to close out the Cincinnati Bass Bash this April. This episode features Joe on bass along with Steve Schmidt on piano and James Leslie on drums. Enjoy, and be sure to follow along with Joe and his trio on their website, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews deli…
 
Barry Green hit the ground running when he moved back to Cincinnati a few years ago, and I was fortunate to be a part of two recent Ohio events. This short episode features an interview with Barry and is a great example of his enthusiasm for the double bass and the community surrounding it. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews de…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers ideas for getting more accurate with double bass intonation. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 300+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out …
 
Thomas Fiorini recently performed the premiere of the Groslot Concerto for Bass Guitar with the Brussels Philharmonic. This concerto has recently been released on all digital platforms, and Tom has released a fascinating video series documenting the story behind this important new addition to the repertoire. We talk about the story behind this piec…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers thoughts on bass camps and the benefits they have to local communities. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle.…
 
Richard Duke is the director for the Golden Gate Bass Camp and the San Francisco Winter Bass Bash. In this episode, we talk about Richard’s early years in music, moving from Alaska to California to study at UC-Santa Cruz, our shared time at Northwestern University in the late 1990s, the Bay Area music scene, how Richard got involved with the bass c…
 
In this episode of Heart of the Artist, we were curious as to what it takes to get up the gumption to be a person who does improv theater and what it entails. Central Pa actor, David Richwine shares his experiences of working in improv, and educates our audience about an artform that encapsulates fear, fun, listening, collaboration, and personal gr…
 
In this solo show, Jason covers his thoughts about turning 46 and what the last few years have been like. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindl…
 
This podcast is a deep-dive on the topic of deliberate practice, inspired by this week’s YouTube video about the Musical SuperLearning course from Musical U. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass …
 
Jackson Jay Kidder is a bassist, vocalist, and composer based in Chicago. He recently released his debut EP Standing By and will be celebrating with a live event in April. We talk about his musical background, his time studying at DePaul University, what it has been like as a working jazz artist, how the pandemic inspired Jackson’s singing, and muc…
 
Discover the roots of Dustin LeBlanc’s passion for theater and what it takes to devote oneself to community theater work. Find out the multifaceted aspects of what goes into the making of a theatrical show, and perhaps discover what you might want to do to get involved in a local production! Dustin LeBlanc is the Executive Producing Director of Key…
 
Nina DeCesare was recently in San Francisco as the guest artist for the 2022 San Francisco Winter Bass Bash. We talk about her recital, her recent faculty appointment to the Peabody Institute, and much more. Enjoy. and be sure to follow Nina on her website, Instagram, and YouTube Channel! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered t…
 
Susan Hagen has recently written a book of Warm Ups for double bassists. It’s titled BASSics of Bass and is available in digital form through our sheet music store or in print form by emailing Susan. We talk about this book and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Susan on her website, YouTube Channel, and Berklee faculty profile! Subscribe t…
 
Today’s episode is a panel discussion on auditioning and other topics from the 2022 Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium. The panelists for this discussion are Brandon McLean, Andrew Kohn, Tracy Rowell, Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, and event organizer Micah Howard. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check ou…
 
Photo by Rens Dekker Peter Willems is a bassist and vocalist and is currently studying both subjects at the conservatory of Maastricht. He recently released Double Dare, Vol. 1 with the Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas. We talk about his musical background, the unique learning environment in Maastricht, practicing, plans for the future, and much more. E…
 
Take a stroll with us through this eye-opening discussion about what it is like to be a person who sets up the exhibitions at a museum. It is fascinating to hear how Lauren Nye evolved as an artist who specializes in 3 dimensions to one who also plans, implements, designs, and installs art exhibits at the Susquehanna Art Museum. You will never walk…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers the strange sounds that we can get when learning to bow, and some possible diagnoses. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video there plus a PDF copy of the checklist. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titl…
 
It’s a pleasure to bring back Gahlord Dewald as a guest today. He was featured on an in-person episode at the 2017 International Society of Bassists Convention and also on a remote chat in 2020 about his album Coherent Light Enclosed Without, which was recorded at The Tank Center for Sonic Arts. Gahlord recently moved from Vermont to Hawaii. We tal…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers how I approach teaching the very first bass lesson. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video to see me attempt to teach bass to my wife for the first time! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bass…
 
Today we’re featuring Christopher Sutton of Musical U. I’ve been a fan of Christopher’s for years, and it was so cool to be able to sit down and talk through his online journey. ' We dig into his musical upbringing, how he “blew up” in the early days of the App Store, the trials and tribulations of pivoting over the years, what it’s like to teach t…
 
Join us as we explore how author Tracy Pawleski painted her stories of her travels with words in her two heartfelt books about her hikes in the Himalaya mountains and on Spain’s Camino Trail. Find out how she went from being a technical writer to a creative storyteller about her travels. Her books ooze with themes that are sure to inspire you to in…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers what I carry to the gig. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video for links to everything. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iO…
 
photo by Andreas Etter Paul Cannon has just released his first solo album through Ensemble Modern. Titled Polyglot, it is a wide-ranging look at contemporary music written for double bass from the past few decades. We dig into what it was like recording this album, life as the bassist for this unique ensemble, creativity in general, and much more. …
 
Today’s deep-dive covers how to take creative chances and get out of your comfort zone—enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out…
 
Longtime Boston Symphony bassist Lawrence Wolfe wrote a piece for San Francisco Symphony bassist Stephen Tramontozzi titled Melodies. We dig into the story behind this piece and much more in this engaging chat with Larry. Enjoy, and you can listen to Steve’s recording of Melodies plus pick up a copy of the sheet music in our digital store. Subscrib…
 
The love of choral singing is woven throughout not only this episode, but also in Linda Tedford’s life. Find out about her roots, specific experiences that shaped her, and how she became a founder and conductor of Central PA’s award-winning choral group, the Susquehanna Chorale. Reflections on the importance of singing and finding her own voice wil…
 
Today’s deep-dive takes a look at the similarities and differences between orchestral and jazz pizzicato—enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and…
 
Stephen Tramontozzi recently released Urban Bass, his third album, which features chamber works with Carlos Ortega, Jerome Simas, Russ deLuna, and Jeremy Cohen. We talk about the story behind these pieces, the recording process for this album, lessons learned from decades of learning music for recitals, and much more. Enjoy, and check out Urban Bas…
 
Today’s deep-dive is all about learning Bach on the bass and was inspired by this week’s YouTube video—enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and K…
 
We’re talking today with Daniel Spreadbury and Garrett Hope about what’s new in Dorico 4, my music notation app of choice. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ …
 
Dr. Heidi K. Begay developed a podcast for her doctoral dissertation, “Flute 360”, creating a connection among flutists around the world unlike any other. Find out about Heidi: Her early life, passions, and what drives her to be able to reach out to others and form lasting bonds. Podcasting as a musician created for her so many opportunities, that …
 
Today’s deep-dive is an audio riff on how I approach learning a new piece. It was inspired by this week’s YouTube video. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for i…
 
We’re talking today with four alumni of Wabass: Christian Gray, Braizhan Jones, Brittany Conrad, and Louis Levitt. Wabass is a part of the Honeywell Arts Academy, is a unique full-scholarship performance institute. Wabass uniquely fosters an inclusive, supportive environment where ideas are freely shared from teacher to student and vice versa. Get …
 
Today’s deep-dive takes a look at how to stay healthy on the bass and is a longer riff on this week’s YouTube video—enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, A…
 
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