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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This was a revelation.

The second volume also delves extensively into the playing of harmonics. Playing something pleasing to the ear makes a huge difference in how the student feels about their new instrument.

Now check your email to confirm your subscription. Thanks for the comparison, I never realized how abss I was to have parents that were so progressive by putting me in classes with George. Thanks for sharing, John!

All and all, I think people should explore the different types of instructional books out there. Right know I wrote a small book containing 12 studies very melodic and very fun, wiht a very small difficulty in the left hand and lots of hard work on the bow.

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. Vance presents the students with measure pentatonic tunes.

New Method for the Double Bass (Simandl, Franz)

One will help you more than the other and one may hinder you more than the other. All this came to fruition when in I switched to 5ths tuning, and everything fell into place. From 4th position you can extend the fingers and use one per semitone which frees things up immensely and makes playing much easier. It seems that some sort of mix would be ideal, like this Vance book, apparently, which I will check out. As I write this post, I am in the middle of composing an article on a fresh look at the double bass fingerboard that includes a system for labeling positions that is bads, logical and descriptive.


Simandl’s “New Method” of playing, now over a century old, is still common among classical double bassists, [2] although the book itself is slowly being replaced by newer methods which incorporate modern pedagogical theory. Dan Swaim did a wonderful job putting together doubke Suzuki bass books.

The use of the ring finger helps develop advanced technique in the middle register very oduble if applied diligence. While I have been a bass teacher for 37 years, I have never allowed my thinking about the bass to stand still. With the imminent publication of the fourth couble of his method I think some of this will be cleared up. Im working know for about a Year and my studies prooved to be a very good complement for my students.

Franz Simandl – Wikipedia

I began with Simandl. One other thing missing from bass books is extension fingering, which was taught to me by John Walton, bass professor at the Royal Academy bwss Music. One of my bass teachers had given me some George Vance books to look through and study. Rabbath is liberation of old minded teachers and players.

I shall check these simandp when I get my hands on them. Also, their school orchestra used a different numbering position than the Simandl book, so I ended up avoiding mentioning position numbers whenever possible. The down side is my students are all poor readers, But this seems easier to fix than a poor setup.


Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog

Probably we should study every system to enlarge our possibilities of fingerings. This tried and true double bass pedagogical tome methodically takes the beginning double bass student up the fingerboard, half-step by half-step, exploring all of the notes in each position and connecting the new positions with the old positions in various etude and scalar studies. I find the biggest issue with teaching especially, young students is that you and they are always under the gun to learn the music for the upcoming concert…orchestra or solo.

I started out learning the double bass from a student of the orchestra that I used to play in.

Rabbath versus Simandl – a comparative study for double bass – Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog

I studied with George Vance when I started playing bass. I know, 90 is a number that scares everybody — but most doublee them are not longer than half a page? When a student starts in 3rd position they are able to play pentatonic tunes, which are much easier for the young ear to process and hear 3rds, 4ths and 5ths are much easier to hear at first than half steps.

The Vance Progressive Repertoire method actually dovetails neatly into the world of traditional double bass pedagogical repertoire, since the sikandl piece introduced in Book 3 is the Dragonetti Concerto.