Originally Posted by damonsmith
Is anyone else working out of this? I am going through Rabbath's art of the bow and revisiting his method and also consulting this great text. I have had the book for years and worked out of it sporadically. I am really reading it now instead of putting it on the stand and blowing through it.
19 years into dounle bass and still studying the bow!
I worked a bit with the Zimmerman book back in school, primarily when exploring on-and off-the-string bowings/string crossings.
It is a great example of the concept of "bilateral transfer" learning - that is, if your right-hand (and associated brain hemisphere), has mastered the task, the left-hand ( and associated brain hemisphere) learning curve will be accelerated ( or vice versa). The brain hemispheres apparently "share" both positive AND negative information/tension, so simply practicing a difficult passage over and over without isolating the separate (left/right) challenges can be detrimental as well as inefficient. ( This is, of course, a simplified explanation).
Cellist Don Reinfeld ( formerly Buffalo Phil., and Rochester Phil.,) pointed this out to me in the 1 lesson I took with him, as an approach to practicing difficult passages by isolating each "hand" (hemisphere). It was a real brain-opener. My bass teacher at the time recommended the Zimmerman book around that time, stating "...a monkey could learn the notes"(!), referring to the Bow as the most difficult and ethereal area of bass playing (and teaching).
(Also, Dave Holland mentioned that he used parts of the Zimmerman book for isolating "pizzicato"/RH fingering challenges).
The first 20 pages of that book will leave "bootprints"...
Thanks for your time and interest.