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

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Posted by gael on January 13, 2002 at 10:25:18:

In Reply to: Re: Acoustic Bass Method Books for a 9 year old student posted by gael on January 12, 2002 at 15:40:38:

Hello, George, here I have some more titles for you.


Jean-Loup DEHANT : "ma 1ere année de contrebasse"
59 pp plus 16 pp for the piano part
Ed. COMBRE, Paris 1993

"String tunes"
a very beginning solo (or unison) songbook
36 songs in progressive order starting with the 1st 3 notes taught in all
beginning string methods
(1st pos. exclusively)
Belwin Mills 1994 (CD piano)

Bernard SALLES : "pour les jeunes contrebassistes"
Vol.1 (1st pos.) 26 songs for DB and piano

Colin EVANS : "Basic bass"
6 easy pieces for DB and piano
the piano plays the melody while the bass plays an accompaniment
using only open strings
Ed. PAXTON (England) 1983

I told you about a book for cello :
it's a German book of duets by Hermann REGER, Ed. SCHOTT
The title must be something like : "Duetten fuer junge Cellisten" (?)
You won't use a lot of that music, but it can be a very good example
for you to write pedagogic duets.

Let's consider now why I recommand these books.
"Bass is best" will be probably the most appropriate of all, since it is
intended for young children, starts with a lot of varied tunes with open
strings and then offers a number of alternative ways, using the 1st harmonic,
the octave-note in 4th pos, etc.etc..., explores 1st, 1/2 pos, then double stops
and proposes a very intelligent construction to explore progressively higher notes on the G-string. Excellent duets. A complete analysis of the qualities of this book is simply impossible, as I experemented when preparing my pedagogic
They have now a second volume.

The Colin Evans is more material for whom needs (like they have in Bass is best
and others).

Less ambitious than Bass is best, the DEHANT is different and very good.

Then I put 2 songbooks with piano in 1st pos.
Even if Nathan is gifted and learns fast, he will probably need to explore
a varied repertoire in a basic position. Even if I don't always proceed
this way, usually it helps to have a good repertoire in 1st pos., which avoids
the traditionnal, repetitive way of older methods and starts with G and D-string, considering the lower notes for later.

The "String tunes" is useful, but the B.SALLES is particularly good.
Then he must already have a good collection to enjoy the further positions.


Yorke Studies vol.1
Yorke Edition

Jean-Loup DEHANT : "la contrebasse pour tous"
(suite de "ma 1ere année")
Good classical method, developing a good, varied technique in a simple way.
Nice duets. Introduction to orchestra repertoire.
Unlike in his 1st book, JLD starts here in 1/2 pos., which I like less.
But it is a very valuable book, up to 6th pos.
Ed. COMBRE, Paris 1998, 72 pp

Bernard SALLES : "Pièces classiques pour contrebasse" vol.1, with piano.
Ed. BILLAUDOT, Paris 1992

"Leichte Spielstuecke fuer Kb und Klavier"
Teil 1 - Anfaenger 1/2 to 4th pos.
VEB Deutscher Verlag fuer Musik Leipzig

This seems me a selection of material of quality.
Now if you have more specific questions, it would be a pleasure for me
to try to give some clues.
If you discover any valuable method, please tell me !

Yours very sincerely,


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