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Barry Green

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Eli_Upright12, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Hey everybody, I just got accepted at UC Santa Cruz and I found out that the bass professor there is known other than Barry Green, long time principle of the Cincinnati Symphony and professor at the likes of CCM and Indiana. I was wonder if there is anyone that has been a student of his or knows his style well info that they could inform me about his teachings. I've seen one video of his and he had a laborie endpin and plays french bow. Does anyone have any other sense of what techniques, methods and style of playing(both orchestral and solo) he teaches?

    PS. if anyone thinks this should be moved to the Bassists Forum I will contact a moderator, but since I'm wondering about his teachings I thought it fit best here.
  2. Read "The inner game of music." You'll get a good idea.
  3. Me thinks he was an early follower of Rabbath. He is also really nice and has mad teaching skills. He got me to play with a bucket load more emotion.
  4. Could you describe some of the things you worked on with him? Specifically how he had you approach solo pieces and also how he had you approach orchestral pieces? I'm not sure how much time you spent with him, whether it was at a summer camp or full-time lessons. Thanks for the reply.
  5. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Really nice guy. :)
  6. robgrow

    robgrow Supporting Member

    May 1, 2004
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I took a few lessons from Barry Green many years ago, which was a real honor. He was into Rabbath as far back as I can remember (70's).
  7. I had a masterclass type thing with him, maybe only fifteen minutes of work. It was all about musicianship and transferring the music and expressions you have inside of you out through the instrument. It was part of a larger lecture on his book "The mastery of Music". I played the Koussy and he made it sound oodles better. We worked on stuff like facial expressions and movement and feelings. It was very much a whole body almost holistic approach which I dig. Did also mention he is really nice?
  8. It would be really interesting for me to study with a Rabbath teacher. I've never really gotten into the style, though I do apply some of the pivot/extension fingering approach. Maybe I would gain a different perspective on playing bass. Did you work on any orchestral techniques? That's something I feel I'm really lacking right now and its part of my playing that I really want to improve. So learning about the teacher in that regard is important to me.
  9. robgrow

    robgrow Supporting Member

    May 1, 2004
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I've only had an introduction to Rabbath with a couple of teachers. I'm anything but an expert and tend to revert to my Simandl background. I have found the basic stuff I've learned about Rabbath's method to be useful though.
  10. Did a summer camp with him and John Clayton. Can't relate alot on his techniques, but I can tell you he's a first class gentleman and everyone just loves the guy. His enthusiasm and belief of playing from the inside out is endless.
  11. thedbassist


    Sep 10, 2006
    I know this sounds silly, but have you asked him how he teaches? Have you asked him what he has to offer you and things of that nature?
  12. Yes, I sent him an email yesterday and he responded quite helpfully, but he said that ever student is different and he approaches them with different ideas. Also I figure the views of students might give a different perspective, one that is maybe more objective.
  13. danv01


    Jun 5, 2008
    Austin, Tx
    First of all, congratulations on being accepted to school.

    I am a current UC Santa Cruz student working with Barry. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I have never had a bad lesson with Barry. Even if I'm having a bad day and can't play the simplest thing correctly, he has a way of finding something productive to take from it.

    His teaching style is very open, in that he will help you with whatever it is you want to work on that week. His approach to solo work is very organic and helps you produce the music within your body. He encourages the bent style end pin, but I play straight and its not a problem. He is an excellent teacher of both French and German bow styles. As far as technique, we have used Rabbath book 2 and 3, and his Advanced Techniques book.

    Hope that's been helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  14. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    He was here in Cincy on Monday. He spoke for about an hour at Northern Kentucky University.

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