Hanna Wilson-Smith

Hello and Welcome to my website!

I believe very strongly that it is possible to play the double bass without it hurting. I’ve put a significant amount of time into understanding where tension is likely to foster while playing, and specific steps students can take to relieve themselves from this discomfort. My knowledge of this all stems from what I’ve learned from professors throughout my schooling and on my own in personal experimentation and readings — I’ve recently found the Feldenkrais Method. I conclude that playing the bass does not have to hurt.

I am currently an undergraduate double bassist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and I graduated from boarding high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2019. I’ve worked to absorb as much knowledge as I can about different ways to play the bass.

I am just over 5’1 and I play a 5/8 size double bass, standing primarily with a bent endpin. I enjoy experimenting with sitting while playing — both with and without the straight pin. I’ve taught bassists who sit and stand and I do not believe that one is any better than another — it’s personal preference, just like most aspects of bass playing.

Please reach out if you want to talk bass or have a lesson. Nothing makes me happier than sharing knowledge and learning from others.

  • 2017 – Transferred to University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School to study with Paul Sharpe

  • Summer, 2018 – Brevard Summer Music Festival with professor Craig Brown

  • 2019 – Started school at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Scott Dixon

  • 2020 – First Arranging project

  • 2020 – Suzuki Double Bass Unit 1 Teacher Training with Pedagogue Kate Jones

  • 2021 – Suzuki Double Bass Units 2 & 3 Teacher Training

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