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Simandl Sucks:Ask Gary Karr

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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

that matter


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