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Travis Harrison is a freelance bassist in Toronto and a former member of the Winnipeg Symphony. As a former student of Joel Quarrington, Travis worked with Joel for many years to develop and refine the Canadian School of Double Bass, which has been recently updated and released in a new edition for both fourths and fifths tuning.
We talk about Travis’ background, living and playing bass in various parts of Canada, the process behind putting together the Canadian School of Double Bass, and much more.
Enjoy, and be sure to check out Travis’ website, follow him on Instagram, check out the Canadian School of Double Bass, and even check out a dissertation an Australian jazz bassist named Samuel Dobson did on these Canadian School of Double bass exercises.
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