Books for Reading? (Bach, Simandl, Charlie Parker)
Hey there! New user, don't mind me.
I'm looking to start taking my music reading more seriously, I can already read a bit. I'm good with rhythms, I know where the notes relate to the bass and the stave. It's just a matter of putting in the hours and making it second nature.
A while back a tutor recommend me the following for reading:
Bach Cello Suites
Simandl's 30 etudes for double bass
The Charlie Parker Omnibook
I have a couple of questions about all of them...
Do a lot of the Bach pieces go out of the range of a normal 4 string bass? A lot of guys seem to have them arranged for 6 string like Patitucci. And is there a specific book that you guys would recommend? I also know that Jaco spent a lot of time playing Bach pieces, which would imply you can play them on 4 string.
The Simandl one seems fairly straight forward, but there a lot of versions which vary a lot in price. Ranging from about £6 to £25. I'm wondering what the deal with that is.
The Charlie Parker book comes in versions for different clefs and keys as obviously these are alto sax transcriptions. There is one from bass clef, but maybe it would good to practise reading treble clef too and transposing it?
Last edited by Generic_Bassist : 12-29-2012 at 07:11 AM.