Posted by George V. on May 17, 2001 at 18:24:54:
In Reply to: Simandl! posted by CMJONES on April 14, 2001 at 08:54:36:
I hope we've learned a little more about
pedagogy in the last 100 years, and indeed we have.
The best books available "today" are
"George Vance's" "Repertoire For
The Double Bass" Vol's 1-3.
They start you off with g and d string
shifting, thumb position playing, and first
position (simple stuff) in the first book.
There is no chromaticism(1/2 steps) 'till the second book,
when you are so attuned to the intervals of
major 2nds, maj3rds, Perfect 4ths, perfect 5ths, maj6ths and octaves,
that you can immediately notice the difference
between a 1/2 and whole step. Book one is rather short
by the way, (40 pages,)and when you've absorbed the sounds of
whole steps, in comes 1/2 position and it's chromaticism.
Some of the best bassists around have endorsed this series.
By the way, it comes with a CD of how the songs should sound
played by Rabbath. But this is no way reflective of his method!!!
And there are songs on there, in comparison to the
monotonous excercises in Simandl. Actual challenging, pretty
music you will enjoy playing.
Simandl should have gone out years ago, but it haunts us to this
day. Why? Ignorant, dogmatic thinking by instructors
who assume you mast play what they played.
My teacher played Simandl, and will not teach it, or Nanny for
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