How to Make Double Bass Shifting Easy!

Learn From a Pro!

Hi, I’m Alden, a professional double bassist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have two decades of teaching and performing to give you the best chance of learning how to make shifting easier then you thought.

Mastering Double Bass Shifting
Alden F. Cohen’s orchestra positions as of 2021

Why can’t I nail certain shifts?

You will feel confident about shifting.

My eBook will give you detailed instructions on how to analyze shifting. You will discover new ways to approach practicing shifts. 42 scales to practice. 32 pages of content to focus on developing and enhancing your shifting technique.

The Steps to Learn How to Shift

The 5 exercises in my ebook will help you identify the shift distance and slowly ingrain the fundamental steps to achieving confidence in shifting.

  1. Whole ( W ) Step Shifting – In this exercise, we work on the ability to control and understand the fundamentals of how our left-hand and arm shifts one whole step.
  2. Whole + Half ( WH ) Step Shifting – The “pre-shift” note is introduced to establish where the new finger is starting from before it shifts. We learn how our left arm can shift the same distance with different fingerings. A preparation technique (Letter “H”) is also used to make sure the “pre-shift” finger is down and we say or think of the distance of the shift before we shift.
  3. New-Note Finger Shifting – “New-note” finger shifting helps identify from where the “new” finger will shift after the previous note is played.
  4. End-Note Finger Shifting – We shift with the same ending fingered-note to the next position of the following note before changing to the “new-note” finger.
  5. Houdini Finger Shifting – Integrating the “new-note” and “end-note” shifting techniques within each shift will make a clean and almost undetected “Houdini” shift.

“Alden’s detailed and comprehensive plan to master shifting on the double bass is an essential resource of instruction for any teacher of the double bass.”

– Stephen Tramontozzi, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Faculty) and San Francisco Symphony (Assistant Principal Double Bass).

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My Story

For 20 years, I have been coaching double bass students advance their performance skills. In 4.5 years I earned a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins. My own training and passion to keep learning new concepts and techniques to advance my own playing inspired me to create the Mastering Double Bass Shifting eBook

One 30 Minute Lesson

After you purchase my eBook, forward me your emailed receipt to and I’ll give you a 30 minute complimentary double bass lesson via Zoom. ($50 Value)

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