I'd love to play with my musical heroes, but why would they call me...

...when they can play with [insert name] instead?

If that thought feels familiar

Then this program is for you!

[The fact that you're here shows me you're a dedicated and curious musician, looking to play at the highest level. And the good news is, you can].

There's a lot of mystery around why some jazz players get ahead and why others don't. We might think it's about having a natural & untouchable talent... but that's not true.

  • It's not about having the fastest, blistering chops [For every great bass player who solos with monster chops, there's one who rarely plays anything more demanding than simple eighth notes]

  • It's not about having "perfect" time [For every great bass player who plays ahead of the beat, there's one who plays behind, or in the middle. Time is flexible, and no one has perfect time]

  • It's not about digging in and playing loud [For every great bass player who plays unamplified with high action, there's one who plays softly with a beautiful, singing sound. Loud isn't always desirable]

  • It's not about transcribing all the time [Transcribing is super helpful, but it's only a small part of the puzzle... nor is it a replacement for the foundational ear skills that really help you on a gig.]

What do we know?

We do know that superior results are the accumulation of doing the right things every day.

And yet...

Conventional wisdom often makes what the great bass players do seem mythical and unachievable by regular musicians.

  • [News flash: They learned the same way everyone learns: time, dedication, and mentorship]

Even worse, this draws attention away from what really makes them great. The asset that...

...makes them first-call players,

...drives all of their playing choices,

...and is 100% achievable by everyone:

>Reliable Ears<

Imagine that your ideal, musical self just played the best gig of your life with dream musicians. How great did it feel? Probably incredible! Dig deeper...

What was the first-call version of you able to do?

Maybe you could...

  • Learn and play unfamiliar tunes on the gig by ear—in real time—and nail it
  • Leave the real book at home and accurately relied on your intuition
  • Influence the entire direction of the music with just a few specific note choices
  • Take chances and confidently land each one. Odd meters or new keys? No problems.
  • Play with rock-solid, grooving time—and make the music feel amazing
  • Stay one step ahead of your bandmates and know exactly where they were headed
  • Swiftly identify and fix any issues where a bandmate was off or unclear in the form. Learn to "listen deep" for the extra-subtle musical cues.
  • Play amazing solos on part with your band mates...

And the list goes on. What's the link between each experience? Your ears... which feed your intuition... enabling musical freedom.

Return to the present moment.

Does this seem far off? If so...

Whether you're a seasoned professional, adult learner, college student, or lifelong hobbyist...

These skills do not have to live only in your imagination.

[*If you're there already, kudos. Let's talk because we can still take things further!]


Ready to become a first-call player?

Let's dive into how the program works.

The program is an online-group training, segmented into master topics, including:

  • Accompanying
  • Melodic Soloing
  • Advanced Techniques


Weekly group workshops help achieve mastery in each master-topic

  • Workshops include Deep Listening, Studio Class, Topics/Techniques, and the Record Rotation—all designed to help you reach your artistic goals.
  • Each student receives eight private lessons, and a personal roadmap including goals, objectives, practice routine, and benchmarks.
  • A private Facebook group where you can connect with your peers, share ideas, ask questions, and receive daily support from me. You'll know I'm there with you every step of the way.

You'll be part of a tight-knit community that supports an extremely high level of individual success—much more than just one-on-one lessons.

This program is designed to put you in the ranks of top musicians anywhere.

Ready to take the leap?

I know some of this may sound like a tall order with lots of promises... so let me introduce myself!

I'm Danny Ziemann.

I've built my professional career performing with some of the top jazz musicians including Jorge Rossy, Sheila Jordan, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Militello, Gordon Webster, Harry Allen, and the Focusyear Band (in concert with artists like Wolfgang Muthspiel, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Becca Stevens, Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner and Lionel Loueke).

I've spent years playing with great musicians, understanding what makes the great so special—and what they need from bass players. In every situation, my ears are the reason I repeatedly get called back for gigs.

Even if there's no sheet music [common on every gig] and I'm unfamiliar with the tunes, I know I can learn the tunes and nail them—in real time.

>Why do I practice these skills? Because the pros expect you to do this.<

It wasn't always this way for me—having the freedom to hear—but I'm here to show you that it's a skill anyone can learn. The skill that gets better gigs.

Why should you trust me to help you?

Truthfully, there aren't as many people who are as active in the teaching space as they are performing space. You know my playing credentials, but we know that not every great player is a great teacher. Here's a shortlist of my teaching qualification...

  • I've written four books on jazz bass playing
  • I've produced three courses for Discover Double Bass
  • I've taught jazz bass at universities including the prestigious Eastman School of Music, SUNY Oswego, and Eastman Community Music School.
  • I've studied pedagogy and curriculum design through multiple degrees.
  • I've researched the state of jazz bass pedagogy inside and out [think long, sleepless nights reading dissertations, designing studies comparing jazz bass literature, and drafting articles]
  • Most importantly, I've helped multiple players become successful, musical people

I know few things in teaching are fact. However...

  • Great hearing can be learned.
  • Your ears are the ticket to high-quality, better gigs.
  • The right roadmap for you is a complex puzzle — but can be made clear with a master teacher at your side, every step of the way.
  • To sound like a first-call player, you have to practice like one. And, you'd be quite surprised at what many of the top players actually practice. [Hint... it's nowhere near as complicated as you might think].

Ready to take the leap and become a first call player?

>Here's another fact I know<

Even under ideal circumstances with gigs, it's hard to stay committed to practicing.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

  • Staying motivated and knowing exactly what to practice right now is especially difficult
  • How should I know what to practice without the feedback from gigs ?
  • I feel like I should capitalize on the moment to make huge progress... but then what? Is it just to pass the time?
  • I'm worried when I come back to play, I'll have regressed while everyone else sounds great.

Maybe you've thought about signing up for some lessons... but sifting through the surplus of teachers is exhausting. Plus, will they remain committed to me after gigs do inevitably return?

Finding motivation doesn't have to be a major task—nor does progress have to exist

If you're ready to take the leap into your musicianship and make great things happen, schedule a call and let's chat.

Still have questions?

I understand! I'm not psychic... but I imagine these thoughts crossed your mind.

01... I'm not a beginner, but I'm not an expert either. Should I still consider this program?

Absolutely! Your level of experience is all relative. We'll have a chance to discuss all of your thoughts, goals, and experiences together. My main concern is that you have the best chance at success, however I can make that happen.

02... I am a total beginner, should I consider the program?

The program is designed for experienced musicians and above. However, I am opening a small portion of my studio to work with dedicated, enthusiastic, beginning-level musicians.

03... Can I really make great progress online?

Yes! Zoom is a fantastic platform that guarantees a high level of support. I've been working with students online, creating video courses, and studying the medium for years. It may feel strange to not have a teacher in the room with you, but it otherwise wouldn't be possible to have the same level and regularity of classes.

04... Are there payment plans available?

Yes, please contact me directly to discuss this.

05... I'm already a professional. Do I need to still take lessons and study the basics?

Even if you play swinging bass lines, know your fingerboard like your phone number, remember loads of tunes, and feel comfortable sounding your best on the "bass du jour"... yes, this program is STILL for you! Every bass player, regardless of success and experience, benefits from cleaning up the gaps in their fundamentals.

Want to break through to new heights in your playing? Look downwards first!

06... I don't necessarily want to be a first-call player, but I do want to get better. Is this right for me?

Yes! I'd still encourage you to sign up for a call. Think about the characteristics a first-call player embodies: commitment, diligence, and tenacity. This process is not solely about getting gigs with the best people—it's about the gift of hearing and freedom you give your musicianship.

In any ensemble—at any level—one musician absolutely has the ability and authority to elevate the entirety of the performing ensemble. You can become that influential musician, exuding musicality at an infectious level.

07... Can I just take private lessons with you instead?

Sorry, this program is the only way to study directly with me.

08... Do I need to join the Facebook group?

Nope! If you're not in the Facebook user crowd, the private group is just an added bonus. I'll still send pertinent updates through emails.

09... Will this program really enable me to hear chord changes to a song once and know it?

For some, this is a reality. For others, this process may take 12-18 months. However, after six months, your hearing will be transformed—certainly enough to make a noticeable difference in your playing!

10... What's the daily time commitment?

I can't decide this for you, but whatever you would expect from yourself if you were to commit 100% to mastering a task. This is not a casual commitment, so at least a few hours per day.

Any further questions? Let's schedule something!