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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Thanks for your work blogging, your place its helping a lot for the world bass comunity Andres…. Things get better as you go up through the positions, so that by fourth vouble the exercises suddenly have musical direction, logic and slow, and make sense to the student. One will help you more than the other and one may hinder you more than the other.

New Method for the Double Bass (Simandl, Franz)

Hi Jason, I find your article very interesting you posted some of my videos long time ago. Michael Schneider from Heidelberg, Germany.

One other thing missing from bass books is extension fingering, which was taught to me by John Walton, bass professor at the Royal Academy of Music. The comfort navigating the fingerboard and the flat position hierarchy taught by Vance no position is scarier than any other sets up a student for all of the challenges of Simandl, and the combination of both methods in this sequence much more effectively prepares the student world of orchestral music.

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Just came across this article. I told him that I have the two Simadl books. Anyway, we are where we are, so there it is. I still have to work to remember it after all these years.

The application of contemporary bass pedagogy concepts to beginning string class instruction, in American Dohble Teacher Magazine There was an error submitting your subscription. This was a revelation. This was great for keeping me involved and interested, but at times i feel like I had to take many steps backward to fix problems that most likely would have been solved at I begun bass with doublle methods.

I bass player friend of mine came over and mentioned baass Rabbath Method. While I have been a bass teacher for 37 years, I have never allowed my thinking about the bass to stand still. If I could do it again I would have all of my beginner students start with the Vance Progressive Repertoire books. Combined with the pieces I was learning for orchestra to keep myself interested, that is.


As I had student after student play them bas me in lessons I have taught a LOT of private lesson students I came to two conclusions:. The shot length allows for a typical student to learn about one tune each lesson, and each tune introduces a new technique, note value, bowing, or string crossing.

I am a conductor, composer and double bassist with an active performing and teaching career. Thanks for the comparison, I never realized how lucky I was to have parents that were so progressive sjmandl putting me in classes with George.

Now, I still do start my students with Simandl, but I write my aimandl little pieces for them to play too. I believe the result of this journey is a synthetic approach doule combines the strongest elements of each set of practices into a cohesive yet open architecture that consistently produces rapid progress for my students… and now their students as well.

Subscribe to get our weekly newsletter covering the double bass world. Im also at the point where I am not bored to death by zimandl, because I can actually see where it is relevant in my outside playing and can very much target the specific technical devices I want to work on. The second volume of the method looks at the use of thumb position using the thumb, first, second and third fingers, to play solo, high register work and again dividing the fingerboard up doubl a concept of positions.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The second volume also delves extensively into the playing of harmonics. All and all, I think people should explore the different types of instructional books out there.

Simandl is useless in explaining things, apart from the surreally badly translated instructions in how to stand, hold the bow and finger positions. One of the difficulties with our instrument is how non-standardized it is in so many ways.

Many of his ideas seem ill-conceived to me, from his advocating collapsing of the left hand fingers to his extremely specific ideas regarding instrument shape and size, the use of the French bow, and advocacy of bent end pins. It sounds like your students will be more than prepared for that, Jason. This is the problem, not Rabbath. Then on to the tune where elements of these technical exercises can be re introduced to solve a particular technical issue within a given solo.


I tell my students first of all that the excercises are not designed as great music. Franz Simandl Simanel 1, — December 15, was a double-bassist and pedagogue most remembered for his book New Method for the Double Bass, known as the Simandl book, which is to this day used as a standard study of double bass technique and hand positions. Early introduction of these positions makes the thumb positions no scarier than any of the other positions. Coming from a bassist who had no private lessons for most of his bass playing years minus collegeI found that the Dr.

Those atonal, grinding exercises that I groused about earlier are actually EXACTLY what we bass players do in orchestra much of the time, and being able to read all of those accidentals across the strings is an absolutely essential skill for bass players in an ensemble.

Which is the better? Those books give simadnl the same scale like 5 different ways baes positions that way you can never be caught off-gaurd for fingerings.

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The Suzuki method is so commonly taught for the other stringed instruments that it is the de facto sequence for the other stringed instruments, but very few double bassists are taught using this sequence.

With the imminent publication of the fourth volume of his method I think some of this will be cleared up. Ill definitely check out the Vance. The fingering for whole step-half step sequence, and for a half step-whole step sequence was both natural and essential to my technique for fifths playing.

Comments Another interesting, and very extensive topic.