The Bass Clarinet Master Course is an epic and incredibly comprehensive digital course all about playing the bass clarinet that includes over 200 videos from 10 bass clarinet greats.

If you are curious about what it takes to be a bass clarinetist in the top orchestras in the world today -

Want to hear unique perspectives from bass clarinetists who are not only incredible performers but fantastic teachers about the foundations of bass clarinet playing -

Are an emerging professional bass clarinetist, vying for an orchestral spot, or you're just starting to explore the instrument for the first time...

the Bass Clarinet Master Course is for you! 

 

What you get:

 

Video Lesson Library

Each teacher recorded a video library covering a huge variety of topics shown below. Depending on if you go with the Core of Full course, you'll get 10-25 videos PER TEACHER for a total of 140 to 230+ videos. The videos range from about 3-15 minutes.

Resources

Depending on if you go with the Core or Full course, you'll get 150-300+ pages of downloads! Each lesson comes with printable PDFs, worksheets, resource guides, practice exercises, warm-ups, excerpt tip summaries, and so much more, to supplement the video lessons. There are also a multitude of fingering charts! (Nicolas Baldeyrou really went to town on the altissimo fingerings! Download them below...)

Plus

- Access to our private Facebook group.

- Lifetime access to the course + all future updates AND all future bonuses! 

- Discounts on future programs.

YOUR FACULTY

 

 

Ron Aufmann

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 1986  |  Assistant Professor University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music  |  Bravo Music  |  Buffet Crampon & D'Addario Artist  | Loves cooking, hoppy beer & woodworking!

Nicolas Baldeyrou

Soloist |  Orchester Philharmonique de Radio-France  |  Faculty Conservatoire national Supérieur de Musique et de Danse  |  Founder Quatuor Vendôme  |  Buffet Crampon Brand Tester

Lawrie Bloom

Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1980-2020  | Senior Lecturer in Clarinet at Northwestern University  |  Civitas Ensemble  |  Chesapeake Music Festival  |  Buffet Crampon Artist  |  D'Addario Reed Design Consultant

Ben Freimuth

San Francisco Symphony Bass Clarinetist 2003-2010  |  Cincinnati Symphony Acting Assoc. Principal Eb 2011-2020  |  Kansas City Principal 2000-2003  |  Sun Valley Summer Symphony  |  Grand Teton Festival  |  Has two pups named Pepper & Roni and cat, Pizza!

Tzuying Huang

St. Louis Symphony since 2015  |  Britt Festival  |  Ariel Concert Series Artistic Director  |  Kansas City Symphony  |  Buffet Crampon and D'Addario Woodwind Artist

Lorenzo Iosco

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra  |  London Symphony Orchestra  | Madrid Opera House  |  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  |  Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Ubertini  |  Conductor

André Moisan

Soloist  |  Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal  |  Société de musique contemporaine du Québec  |  Université de Montréal, faculty  |  Orford Arts Centre  |  Buffet Crampon Artist  |  Loves travelling in his camper! 

Shannon Orme

Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2007  |  Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan  |  Grand Teton Festival  |   New Music Detroit  |  2016 Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service  |  Can most often be found on her bicycle! 

Jonathan Russell

Sqwonk  |  Bass Clarinets Boston  |  Composer  |  Edmond Welles  | Arranger  |  Innovator  |  Conductor

Amy Zoloto

New York Philharmonic since 2016  |  Previously Toronto Symphony & Jacksonville Symphony  |  Sylvan Winds  |  Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist

BONUS: Ted Nelson

Cellist, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Bonus on playing the Bach Cello Suites.

BONUS: Melanie Wong

Independent clarinet repair technician specializing in all manner of clarinet repair and customization. Bonus on Bass Clarinet Repair & Maintenance.

BASS ALTISSIMO GIVING YOU TROUBLE?!

Get 2 altissimo fingering charts, one by Nicolas Baldeyrou and one by Jonathan Russell. These fingering charts have over 30 fingerings all the way up to double high G.... ! Make sure your neighbors maybe aren't home? 

You'll have to confirm your email address, so don't forget to do that! Check your junk! Also, we will never sell your info or send SPAM. Rude.

COURSE SAMPLES

These videos were created during the COVID-19 pandemic, so you will see the teachers in their home studios dropping all sorts of wisdom. The videos were produced with your learning as the top priority. Overlays, animations, and accompanying worksheets ensure that you'll walk away inspired and ready to learn.

 
 
 
 
Give me 200+ more of these!

What EXACTLY is in this course?

Each of the 10 teachers covers the majority of the fundamental topics, plus a potpourri of excerpts and other topics that are at the core of their interests. It's unbelievably comprehensive.

CORE STUDY

  • A little history 
  • Advice for beginners 
  • Putting the instrument together 
  • Finding an instrument 
  • Practice Essentials 
  • Study Methods & Materials
  • Repair 
  • Approach to form and posture 
    • Hand position, Sitting position, Standing position, Height of Instrument and Chair, Comfort 
  • Embouchure 
  • Articulation 
  • Air Support/Concept 
  • Sound Production & Tone 
  • Intonation 
  • Warming Up
  • Multiple bonus videos 

FULL STUDY

  • All of the above
  • Transposition 
  • Reeds
  • Reading Bass Clef 
  • Advanced & Extended Techniques 
    • Upper altissimo
    • Alternate fingerings
    • Multiphonics
    • Slap & flutter tongue
    • Circular breathing
    • Overtone harmonics
  • The Role of the Bass Clarinet in Orchestra
  • Performance Mindset
  • Creating a Career outside of Traditional Pathways
  • Starting your own Groups and Organizing Events
  • Recording and Listening to yourself 
  • Auditions

REPERTOIRE


Included in Full Study

  • Berg Violin Concerto
  • Khatchaturian Piano Concerto
  • Grofe Grand Canyon Suite
  • Mahler Symphony No. 1
  • Mahler 6
  • Mahler Symphony No. 9
  • Meyerbeer Les Huguenots
  • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
  • Ravel Daphnis Suite 2
  • Ravel La Valse
  • Schuman 3
  • Shostakovich Violin Cto 1
  • Shostakovich 7
  • Shostakovich 8
  • Shostakovich 11
  • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
  • Strauss Don Quixote
  • Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
  • Stravinsky Rite of Spring
  • Tchaikovsky Manfred & Nutcracker
  • Wagner Tristan Act 2
  • Verdi Aida Act 2

  • Bach Cello Transcriptions
  • Chamber Music
  • Selecting Transcriptions & Resources
  • Repertoire Resources

 

Click the button below to get all repertoire performed in the live masterclasses.

Masterclass Repertoire

LIFETIME ACCESS + UPDATES!

 

You will have lifetime access to these videos, plus any updates that are made in the future! What does that mean? If we release any updates to the course, you’ll get them. If we have any future additions to the course, you’ll get them. If Lawrie Bloom decides to do a special bonus on auditions (rumor has it he may be considering this), you’ll get it. You’re part of the DCA bass clarinet family forever, and we do not take that lightly!

More questions? Wanna chat?

Email us! We love hearing from you and are happy to help: [email protected]. There are no dumb questions.

The Bass Clarinet Mastercourse is the only program of its kind that will...

1. Give you a comprehensive course from the ground up from different professional perspectives

2. Help you create (or re-create!) a solid foundation of bass clarinet skills, from basic concepts of posture, support, form, and articulation

3. Provide lessons on the technical aspects of air, tone, intonation and embouchure, plus transposition, reading bass clef, and reeds

4. Guide you through advanced and extended techniques, like approaches to the upper altissimo, alternate fingerings, multiphonics, slap and flutter tonguing and circular breathing

5. Show you how to create a smart practice schedule, and give you recommendations of must-have study methods and materials + warm ups. 

6. Give you a clear path toward a positive performing mindset, from physical flexibility to mental flexibility, in the practice room and on stage

7. Cover 23 of the most frequently asked orchestral excerpts, plus solos, transcriptions, chamber music... and more! 

8. Leave you with a library of over 240 videos in the Full Study for you to watch and access anytime! 

 

Ready to take an in-depth course about all things bass clarinet? Are you feeling stuck and uninspired as you work toward all the auditions coming up (yes, there are no less than 5 openings)? If so, this is the course for you!
 
Here's what the course path looks like: 
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Get immediate access + learn at your own pace

You can participate from anywhere, anytime, in pajamas or concert black. You'll get immediate access to all of the course content. Go through it all binge style, or work through it over 6 months. There is no behind in the BCMC!

CORE STUDY

$597

You'll get immediate access to the following:

  • 140+ Video lessons on Core Fundamentals and Foundations of Bass Clarinet
  • 150+ pages of downloadable and printable lesson worksheets and resource sheets 
  • Lifetime access to video library including future updates
  • 2 sets of bonus videos on Bach and repair/maintenance
  • Lawrie Bloom and Amy Zoloto bonus Q&A about auditions
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FULL STUDY

$897

You'll get immediate access to the following:

  • 230+ video lessons on Core Fundamentals and Foundations of Bass Clarinet, solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts, advanced and extended techniques and beyond
  • 325+ pages of worksheets and resource sheets 
  • Lifetime access to video library including future updates
  • 2 sets of bonus videos on Bach and repair/maintenance 
  • Lawrie Bloom and Amy Zoloto bonus Q&A about auditions
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The Digital Clarinet Academy is dedicated to serving musicians of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and is committed to helping anyone who is in financial need. 

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The Bass Clarinet Master Course is for bass clarinetists who want to push their playing to the next level, engage in a community of other bass clarinetists, and learn from the bass clarinet greats.

 

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