Franz Simandl (August 1, – December 15, ) was a double-bassist and pedagogue most remembered for his book New Method for the Double Bass. The older, established double bass method here is without a doubt the New Method for String Bass by Franz Simandl. This tried and true double bass. F. Simandl – New Method for Double Bass (Max Ebert).pdf – Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online.
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Doubld still have to work to remember it after all these years. His blog and dobule are highly regarded in the music world and have been featured as top offerings in the world of arts and culture for the past decade. My 4th graders had just learned the D scale in school and old man Simandl was having them grind away on atonal and they really are atonal exercises with accidentals galore.
I show a bass-pupil the many possibilities of a certain fingering and tell him: Read the follow-up post to this article with special blog guest John Tuck. Just came across this article.
To really appreciate the simandl and get the maximum result out of it, I feel one really needs to already have a basic knowledge of the bass. I could never imagine learning a quarter from the books about the Rabbath technique as I have learned from my teacher. From 4th position you can extend the fingers and use one per semitone which frees things up immensely and makes playing much easier.
Ill definitely check out the Vance.
Here is what I like about this method:. I still work on the Etudes and exercises out of these books, and can also admit, that because I am not a beginner by any means, the Simandl method proves it self infinitely more relevant to anything else I am working on, be it orchestral or solo.
Mark Morton bass book series. This was a revelation. It seems that some sort of mix would be ideal, like this Vance book, apparently, which I will check out.
As an experiment, ask a professional bass player sometime to demonstrate all of the Simandl positions. Right know I like to publish my small book, because many people of different countries asked me for it mostly latinamerican countries because the text its in spanish Maybe basss can help me contact some editorial that you think they will be interested on.
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His fingerings were kind of confusing to me. Progressive Repertoire fuses the Suzuki repertoire and the Rabbath technique with traditional double bass technique and repertoire with excellent results.
Rabbath is a total revelation by comparison, and makes a very good contrast.
While I doublf been a bass bqss for 37 years, I have never allowed my thinking about the bass to stand still. I have had many university students who are completely comfortable in the neck positions and a total mess in the thumb positions. I will return to add information when I complete the article. Although the book was Rabbath technique through and through Rabbath himself plays on the accompanying CDs I already started to see the possibilities of doublw method.
He is a truly creative artist speaking in a compelling original voice. Now, I still do start my students with Simandl, but I write my own little pieces for them to play too.
These tunes pulled from the Suzuki method and the sequence in which they are introduced make for a powerful sequence, and it is nice to have bass players learning the same melodies that all of the other string players nass makes them feel more like a string player and less like a percussionist. Anyway, we are where we are, so there it is.
This exactly how I am now teaching- Vance to get em going and learning musicality, Simandl to clean things up later. One of my bass teachers had given me some George Vance books to look through and study. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
So they work with the formal method with all the boring but necesary studies, but they have a complementary etude each month that its simwndl their level but its really fun and serves as a solo piece to peform on a recital. Combined with the pieces I simwndl learning for orchestra to keep myself interested, that is. I had somehow acquired enough basic technique on my own over the years that I really just jumped into some rather serious literature.
This is the problem, not Rabbath. Hope this all helps and is of interest! Suzuki -hmm, problems there. It sounds like we use a lo of the same methods. Simandl is useless in explaining things, apart from the surreally badly translated instructions in how to stand, hold the bow and finger positions. Now check your email to confirm your subscription.
Thanks for sharing, John! Jason being my instructor for the mojority of highschool was probably experimenting with me and beginning to develop his current viewpoint on the subject. Sorry for my no correct English, but I listen today to young students which play better and better which one or the other system.
Rabbath versus Simandl – a comparative study for double bass – Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog
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I used to never let my students pivot, believing that it would cloud their intonation. I completely agree that Simandl should be treated as an advanced text.