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Re: Francois Rabbath

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Posted by Ian ( on February 28, 2002 at 19:36:28:

In Reply to: Francois Rabbath posted by mike on February 27, 2002 at 23:28:50:


I studied with François Rabbath and Paul Ellison last summer. I do not know where you are yet about thise concepts but I think that the best way to introduce yourself to his new technique is maybe to check the cd rom (in the case you do not know anyone who studied with him). I know that it is not cheap but what helps a lot in understanding this technique is to see Rabbath playing. I was introduced to the six positions with "The Bass Project" (available from George Vance, which starts0 from the very begining and is very progressive. Now I am working with the three Rabbath books. The first one is about the first and second positions with 10 baroque inspired studies. The second book is about the third and fourth positions with studies. The last one and the biggest one contains very important writings about the "six paramaters" (three for the right hand and three for the left hand). The third book also contains a lot of different bowing with variations on the scales. This is a great tool to work scales. The third book also contains interesting studies and techniques. My suggestion is that if you have never experienced with the new technique, start from very simple stuff. It is a very interesting and logical technique that Rabbath gives to the bassists.

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