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Olivier Babaz

Olivier Babaz

Bass Lessons

Olivier Babaz is a French Bass player & composer living in Montreal, Canada. He’s known for his Bass & Kalimbas arrangements and jazz bow playing. He published 5 albums and is a proficient, creative bass player. As an experienced educator, he’s one of the official tutors at DiscoverDoubleBass.com. You can find him on Patreon and Discover Double Bass.

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Bass & Creativity: From Improvisation to Composition
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: From Improvisation to Composition

In this lesson, Olivier Babaz discusses some key elements on how to structure an improvisation in order to transform it into a full-grown composition.

Bass & Creativity: Suspended Chords & Modes, Part 1
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Suspended Chords & Modes, Part 1

In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz focuses on the beautiful colors made through suspended voicings. He walks through the basics of sus4 & sus2 chords and their most common use.

Bass & Creativity: Alternate Lydian Modes
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Alternate Lydian Modes

For this lesson, we'll be looking into some alternate Lydian colors. We will take a look at the colors and applications of the Augmented Lydian and Dominant Lydian, both as full modes and as temporary colors integrated within more usual chord sequences.

Bass & Creativity: Improvisation and Ear Training
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Improvisation and Ear Training

In this lesson, we take a look at a way to build speed and effectiveness in recognizing intervals. We'll also learn to deduce chords and scales by ear through improvisation. Once again, the addition of piano with the right hand is a great way to expand our options from a bass perspective.

Bass & Creativity: Transposition Cycles
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Transposition Cycles

This new lesson focuses on using transposition cycles applied to both chord colors and intervallic shapes to offer an alternative to diatonic harmonization.

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations in Depth, Part 2
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations in Depth, Part 2

This Bass & Creativity lesson is the second part about alterations of dominant chords. Today Olivier Babaz takes a look at b9 and #9 added to a 7 chord within a II V I.

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations In Depth
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations In Depth

In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz takes a deep dive into some alterations of the dominant chord. With the help of piano and on bass, he covers how to get used to the colors and options of b13 and #11 within a II V I progression.

Bass & Creativity: Modulation and Chord Progressions
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Modulation and Chord Progressions

In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz dives into the mechanics of modulation within chord changes. You’ll learn how to navigate between tonalities, building harmonic sequences borrowing chords in two different, yet related tonalities.

Bass & Creativity: The ii-V-I and Voice Leading
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: The ii-V-I and Voice Leading

The ii-V-I is one of the most common chord progressions in music. As bassists, we have a horizontal view of the harmonic movement. Today we’ll see how other instruments view the progression and implement voice leading to build interesting lines.

Bass & Creativity: Dorian Mode
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Dorian Mode

Olivier Babaz is back with his second entry in his “Bass & Creativity” lesson series. In this video lesson, he’s focusing on exploring the sounds, colors, and options through improvisation within the Dorian mode.

Bass & Creativity: Harmonic Sequences
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Harmonic Sequences

In this video lesson, we'll practice and explore the harmonic possibilities of combining bass playing with one or two top notes. Follow along with the video and topic outline.