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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: Melodic Development
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Melodic Development

Olivier Babaz is back with another “Bass & Creativity” lesson, and this time, he’s sharing a boot camp on melodic development with three concepts. Utilizing these tools, you’ll be able to come up with tons of ideas to explore.

Bass & Creativity: Building a Story
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Building a Story

The best way to engage listeners is to craft a story with your music. In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz takes a look at ideas and methods to build a story through your improvised solos and compositions.

Bass & Creativity: Spicing Up the Chords
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Spicing Up the Chords

Today we will explore simple ways to discretely modify the harmony while maintaining the bass movement. Once again, experimenting with the piano will help underline those modifications, but we will also cover ways to express it on the bass.

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.