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Re: Acoustic Bass Method Books for a 9 year old student

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Posted by gael on January 12, 2002 at 15:40:38:

In Reply to: Acoustic Bass Method Books for a 9 year old student posted by George Frueh on January 10, 2001 at 07:55:34:

: Greeting,
: I am giving my 9 year old son (Nathan) upright bass lessons but can't find any method books other than the ones that start and stay in 1st position from page 1 to the end. I dug up my old F. Simandl book, but that seems to go in the other direction... too fast, too soon. I'm looking for something in the middle. Nathan is pretty gifted and has a good ear, and I'm afraid he'll become bored with the pace of the books that I picked up. I've considered writing exercises on manuscript, but I'd rather find a good string methods book for the young student. Also, I've rented a 1/4 size bass, and that seems a bit too big for him.
: Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

: Thanks
: George

I'm sure Nathan will love the English method "Bass is best" by Caroline
Emery, Yorke Edition. I consider it as a revolution in the pedagogy of our
In the same spirit, you can use one of the books by French teacher
Jean-Loup Dehant.
In the US you have the Rolland string method.

Finally, I have the impression that pedagogy for cello is more advanced than
that of the bass, and I'll give you an interesting title later : that cello
method for kids I'm thinking about will give you ideas to write similar
exercises for the bass.

Since I moved recently and don't have young pupils any more, I'll have to
catch a glance at my methods. As soon as possible I tell you references.

Could you tell me more about the situation ? Are you bassist yourself, can
you play the piano, etc...

If the bass is just a little bit too big and you think it's a question of a couple of months, maybe it helps avoiding the E-string. You might write
exercises in order to start in 4th position, using exclusively G- and D-string.
As a teacher, I have basically some 3 or 4 different ways to start, and finally,
each pupil requires a specific pedagogic approach.

The problem of starting in 4th position is that it may lack musical logic
for a child. I always try to build the technic together with the music in
a way that makes sense to the pupil. Finally, starting in 1st position
remains the most evident, but then it is necessary to use varied material
in a very progressive way.
The best you can do is select various methods in advance and then adapt the study.

Buy "Bass is best !"

I give you more complete references as soon as possible.

All the best !


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