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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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obituary courtesy of the International Society of Bassists: Wolfgang Güttler, whose decades-long career as a performer, recording artist and educator garnered numerous awards, including the Concours de Genève, died on September 18, 2022. He was 77 years old. Born in Brasov, Romania, he was solo bassist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden an…
 
Today’s episode is the first in a series of chats with double bass legend Don Prell. Born in 1929, Don went on the road with the Frank Ortega Band, played with people like Buddy Rich and Chet Baker, and was in the original Bud Shank Quartet. He played for the San Francisco Symphony for 30 years and, after retirement, formed his own group called the…
 
This episode covers “accelerating scales” and why they are a core comment of my daily double bass practice. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video here. 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…
 
Debbie Lyle is the Executive Director of The Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes the philosophy and pedagogy of Dr. George Bornoff by providing financial support for the development of string education and teacher training. We talk about the recent National Bornoff Summer Work…
 
This episode digs into how harmonics work on the double bass and was inspired by Chris West's book A Guide to Double Bass Harmonics. Enjoy, and check out my accompanying YouTube video here. 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 bassis…
 
Ethan Philion is an award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader based in Chicago. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University, he has performed with Rufus Reid, Greg Ward, Dana Hall, and many other artists. Ethan also won the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition in 2019 and was selected to Chicago's Luminarts Jazz Fel…
 
This episode digs into ways of organizing practice sessions when time is limited. It was inspired by this week’s YouTube video, and you can download the 20, 45, and 90 minute routines here. 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 bassis…
 
Holly Reinhardt is a student of David Heyes at Wells Cathedral School and the creator of BassNotes, a site featuring interviews with prominent people in the double bass community. We talk about Holly’s inspiration for the site, what it’s like going to school and studying bass in the UK, her plans and hopes for the future, and much more. Enjoy! Subs…
 
This solo episode covers what part of the thumb to use while in thumb position and is inspired by this week’s YouTube video. 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,…
 
Jon Liebman is a world-renowned bassist, composer, arranger, author, and educator and the founder and “1st Bassman” for the wonderful site For Bass Players Only. He has been on the podcast a couple of times in the past, and it’s always a pleasure to catch up with Jon and learn about his current and upcoming projects. We dig into all kinds of topics…
 
Past podcast guest Cole Davis teamed up with Jason for a collaboration about his approach to practicing scales on the double bass. Enjoy, and you can pick up a copy of his book in our sheet music store. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 300+ wide-ranging titl…
 
Past podcast guest Cole Davis teamed up with Jason for a collaboration about his approach to practicing scales on the double bass. Enjoy, and you can pick up a copy of his book in our sheet music store. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 300+ wide-ranging titl…
 
This episode features audio from a Bass Works live stream featuring Cleveland Orchestra bassist Derek Zadinsky. This is a companion to a YouTube video that Jason did reacting to this super-cool recital of the top 10 most requested double bass excerpts. You can also pick up a PDF copy of these excerpts here. Subscribe to the podcast to get these int…
 
This episode features conversations with four young bassists during Bass Camp NRW in Germany in 2022. Enjoy, and learn more about this cool camp in my conversation with camp director Uli Schneider. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles fo…
 
This episode features a recital that I recorded at the 2022 Rabbath Institute Los Angeles. 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…
 
This episode, recorded live at the Golden Gate Bass Camp, features Katie Thiroux and me interviewing Jon Button, who is the current bassist for The Who. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Jon on his website, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store …
 
We dig into all the parts of the double bass in today’s solo show—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 Classi…
 
We’re thrilled to announce that the music of bassist and composer David Anderson is now available through our sheet music store! To celebrate, we’re chatting with Dave and his longtime friend and collaborator Sidney King, who was the inspiration for many of Dave’s early works. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Dave’s music in our catalog! Subscribe t…
 
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…
 
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