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Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass, Vol. 1 (Book & CD) Paperback – March 15, 2000
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Vance's method is based on Francois Rabbath's Nouvelle Technique, in which the entire neck is covered in only six positions, defined by natural string harmonics. Extensions and pivots make it possible to play the full range of notes without excessive shifting. Some teachers have been resistent to Rabbath's pedagogy, but my experience has been that it is a real advance in DB technique, both in terms of teaching, and in terms of performance.
While Simandl concentrates on preparing the student to play in an orchestra section, Rabbath and Vance concentrate more on the double bassist as soloist. My own interest in double bass is playing jazz, but I find that the Rabbath system gives me exactly the kind of flexibility and facility I need.
Teachers unfamiliar with these books really should give them a look- and a listen; each comes with a CD of Rabbath himself playing the pieces and exercises, so the student can work on developing musicality along with technique. Players studying Simandl- even advanced players- will find these books eye opening as well.
One thing that IS good about the book is that it covers the entire bass. There is a lot of variety in what it covers. Again, you'll probably be bogged down if you go start to finish, but if you use the book liberally and skip around, you'll really cover the entire bass. I am using one of the songs for a simple church performance because it's fairly basic, but has a nice melody to it. But most importantly, it uses the entire bass, so the performance gives a great overview of the full range of sounds that the bass provides - not just the deep sounds that people expect.
Along with scales and etudes from other authors/composers, it's a great choice.
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This is a collection of simple tunes to help learn upright bass. It includes almost nothing on positions, technique, etc. The pictures is does have must be lithographs from 1860. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Ken Crane
I'm taking private lessons and this book is a great instructional tool. Very challenging and instructional. Glad my tutor suggested this book.Published on December 21, 2012 by CAFE-DOOR