Date of Award

Summer 6-15-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Dr. Marcos Machado

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Douglas Rust

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo

Committee Member 4 School


Committee Member 5

Dr. Stephen Redfield

Committee Member 5 School



This dissertation is not only an exploration of left-hand techniques found in Tao of Bass, Vol. 1, but also an inside of the performance and didactic approach of Dr. Marcos Machado to organize and create its content. That said, one of the objectives of this dissertation is to focus on developing an awareness of the didactic strategies in Tao of Bass created to develop the utmost proficiency in double bass performance. I expect to prove this objective in my dissertation by acknowledging how Tao of Bass encompasses a didactic approach that is universal and academically relevant to prepare for professional performances. In my state of research, I will establish a professional repertoire frame and apply to it Tao of Bass didactics. While applying these, I will focus on left-hand techniques contained to perform applications and a path to master both the left-hand technical aspects and the excerpts. In my conclusions I will prove that my ideas have a professional and academic value to the double bass community. In the process of my research, I will establish didactic connections to other pedagogues to discuss parallelisms and innovations by comparing and contrasting with Machado’s didactic. Moreover, I strongly believe that this dissertation will contribute positively to the double bass community. It is my desire and expectation that the material analyzed and discussed in this dissertation will help future double bass pedagogues and performers.