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594: Olivier Babaz on Jazz Bowing

May 30, 2019

Olivier Babaz recently released his first course with Discover Double Bass.  Titled Jazz Bowing, this incredibly cool course explores all kinds of cool bowing techniques that Olivier uses in his playing.

Lessons cover topics like:

  • Fundamentals of Bow Technique
  • Basic Bow Strokes
  • Slurs
  • Developing Arco Technique
  • Left Hand Technique and the Bow
  • Bowed Walking Bass Lines
  • Bowed Melodies
  • Improvisation

We reference a video interview that Olivier filmed with Discover Double Bass founder Geoff Chalmers, and  we dig into Olivier’s background, using kalina and bass, staying inspired, and many other topics.

Olivier is a fascinating musician and a very cool person, and I know you’ll enjoy checking out today’s chat with him as well as the new course! 

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