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  • Donovan Stokes: Upright Bass Cover of Cliff Burton’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)”

    Donovan Stokes: Upright Bass Cover of Cliff Burton’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)”

    You may recognize Donovan Stokes from his No Treble column, The Lowdown With Dr. D, where he delivers tons of great insights for the double bass. What you may not know is that while he’s well versed in classical and jazz, he also has a background in heavy metal. Check out this unbelievable cover of... »

  • Lynn Seaton and Donovan Stokes: Patrician Commission

    Lynn Seaton and Donovan Stokes: Patrician Commission

    Hold onto your hats, because this isn’t your typical jazz duo. The Bass Coalition Summer Workshop wrapped up this year with a stunning recital by guest artist and jazz legend Lynn Seaton. For the finale, he invited Donovan Stokes to join him for a special version of his song “Patrician Commission”. Both double bassists got... »

  • Latin American Double Bass Workshop Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Latin American Double Bass Workshop Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    The 10th annual Encuentro Latinoamericano de Contrabajos will take place Saturday, November 22nd through Thursday, November 27th at the Tijuana Cultural Center in Tijuana, Mexico. The week-long Latin American bass workshop is presented by the Contrabajos de Baja California and will include quartets, group classes, masterclasses, a bass orchestra, and much more. This year’s guest... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D: A Call for Questions

    The Lowdown with Dr. D: A Call for Questions

    Over the years, I’ve received questions from aspiring bassists, and many of those questions have turned into the Lowdown columns you read here. I’d love to do more of this. Please send me questions you’d like to see me cover in future Lowdown columns. You can send them to drd@notreble.com or post them in the... »

  • Best of 2013: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

    Best of 2013: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

    Since September, 2009, Dr. Donovan Stokes has shared his expert advice through his “Lowdown with Dr. D” column here on No Treble. While all of his columns are worth a read, these ten were his most popular in 2013, based on readership. 1. Improving your Technique: Habits and Awareness for Bass Players Most bassists are... »

  • Fourth Annual Bass Coalition Summer Workshop Set for June 28-29

    Fourth Annual Bass Coalition Summer Workshop Set for June 28-29

    The fourth annual Bass Coalition Summer Workshop is set for Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th on the campus of the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. The two day educational event includes bass ensembles, masterclasses, clinician concerts, one-on-one instruction, and clinics that range from classical and jazz to alternative playing styles (upright slap bass,... »

  • New School: Donovan Stokes

    New School: Donovan Stokes

    Regular No Treble readers will be familiar with Donovan Stokes from his column, The Lowdown with Dr. D, but you may not be as familiar with his playing. As a professor at Shenandoah University, Stokes is well versed in the classical realm of double bass playing, yet his own compositions draw on an array of... »

  • Donovan Stokes: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Gentle Rain” by Luiz Bonfá

    Donovan Stokes: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Gentle Rain” by Luiz Bonfá

    Donovan Stokes (aka Dr. D and a regular contributor here) recorded his solo bass arrangement of “Gentle Rain” by Luiz Bonfá for the upcoming Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Faculty Sampler CD. Luckily, Kevin Johnson was around to film it. »

  • The 2nd Annual Bass Coalition Summer Workshop

    The 2nd Annual Bass Coalition Summer Workshop

    The Bass Coalition will be holding its second annual Summer Workshop at Shenandoah University-Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia on July 9th and 10th, 2011. Faculty will include Oberlin bass professor Peter Dominguez, renowned bass educator Inez Wyrick, and Shenandoah Professor and No Treble columnist Dr. Donovan Stokes. The two-day event includes clinics covering classical, jazz and... »

  • Classical Pieces for Beginner to Intermediate Level Bassists

    Classical Pieces for Beginner to Intermediate Level Bassists

    This week, Dr. D. tackles a reader’s question about incorporating classical music into his practice routine. Q: I have recently started the switch to upright bass, I have been practicing technique and working my scales (pissing off my roommates) but I want to bring a third portion to my practice and incorporate some beginner classical... »