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Re: Simandl!

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Posted by Pete G on April 14, 2001 at 17:50:43:

In Reply to: Simandl! posted by CMJONES on April 14, 2001 at 08:54:36:

Once upon a time, nearly EVERYONE (at least in the U.S.) learned from Simandl.

It's considered rather "old school" by many of the good younger players today, and with some reason. The Simandl method, which was developed when gut strings were universally used, does not contemplate a lot of tricks that seem pretty standard today, such as thumb position above the VI position, extensions and pivots, etc.

Still, for a beginner, I don't think it's harmful - just a long way from state of the art. I'd say using Simandl with a competent teacher is still scads better than using a more modern method without a teacher.

: Did everyone lean bass with this text book?
: What did you think of it?
: Do you think there should be a Simandl Society?

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