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 combination has ultimately been the most successful comprehensive double bass pedagogical sequence for me—Vance for beginners and intermediate students, and Simandl, ochestral excerpts, and the traditional double bass repertoire Koussevitzky, Dittersdorf, Bottesini for advanced students.

I often work out of large sequences to help clean up things in my ssimandl a couple of years ago I started from the very beginning and worked through the whole book. Nor me or somebody else in the world would be inspired by Simandl in that way. Those books give you the same scale like 5 different ways and positions that way you can never be caught off-gaurd for fingerings.

I welcome any comments or suggestions on other double bass methods or pedagogical sequences that other double bass teachers have found effective. It sounds like your students will be more than prepared for that, Jason. Thanks for sharing, John!

Franz Simandl

Can we make additional improvements? Many, too many bassists do their job because they learned by Simandl and their stupid teachers. I started out learning the double bass from a student of the orchestra that I used to play in. This page was last edited on 15 Augustat Things get better as you go up through the positions, so that by fourth position the exercises suddenly have musical direction, logic and sijandl, and make sense to the student.

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Simandl’s “New Method” of playing, now over a century old, is still common among classical double doub,e, [2] although the book itself is slowly being replaced by newer methods which incorporate modern pedagogical theory.

There are many other quality bass methods out there Nanny, Bille, Petracchiand any new ideas are appreciated. About 5 minutes of this is all a young student can endure before their eyes glaze over and they begin wishing they were back in math class.

Hi Jason, I find your article very interesting you posted some of my videos long time ago.

My teacher started me with Simandl too. All and all, I simandp people should explore the different types of instructional books out there. This is the problem, not Rabbath.

Then happily I discovered the Rabbath books and learned pivoting, poorly, until I discovered playing with a drone appropriate to the key. Harmonically simple tunes and basic movements helped with this. I tell my students first of all that the excercises are not designed as great baes. Long discussions of technical issues are to be avoided at all costs. Miss him and his patience!

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

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.

The Simandl New Method teaches a bass player all of the necessary skills to play orchestral music. The application of contemporary bass pedagogy concepts to beginning string class instruction, in American String Teacher Magazine Suzuki -hmm, problems there. Mind you, Simandl has some very wierd ideas on the upper positions where he dispense with fingering the E string, and restricts fingering on the A to 1 and 2. As I had student after student play them for me in lessons I have taught a LOT of private lesson students I came to two conclusions:.

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The second volume also delves extensively into the playing of harmonics. This curiosity moved me to spend most of my 45 years on the bass experimenting with and analysing every approach or system I came across.

Even more bizarrely in Book 2 dealing with thumb position he expands the fingering onto the A string fully. 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.

Progressive Repertoire Simandl, Franz: Not by a long shot. This is important for bass students since we can only span a whole step in our normal position. In my teaching I am going to try to mix it up more. It seems that some sort of mix would be ideal, like this Vance book, apparently, which I will check out.

This is my personal experience. It sounds like we use a lo of the same methods. Thank you Professor Heath! As an experiment, ask a professional bass player sometime to demonstrate all of the Simandl positions.

Thanks for the comparison, I never realized how lucky I was to have parents that were so progressive by putting me in classes with George. So they work with the formal method with all the boring but necesary studies, but they have a complementary etude each month that its on their level but its really fun and serves as a solo piece to peform on a recital.

His blog and podcast 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. From Wikipedia, the free basss.