Here's one for all you pedagogues out there: I have a pretty busy teaching studio and have always used the Rabbath method book for my beginning students. I learned out of Simandl myself and always felt it was little bland, not to mention outdated. i got a lot out of Rabbath's vol 3, particualry the scales, as well as his cd rom, so when i started teaching alot of few yeaers ago, I started using the his Vol 1 with my beginning students. While i think he has some excellent etudes in the book that are very musical, written with the bass in mind, and fun to play (I enjoy them), the excercises leading up to them seem to really hold up my students, i think it may progress a bit to quickly and introduces to much bowing and rhythmic sophistication for many of my students, who are mostly headed towards jazz. i was wondering what those of you who teach are currently using, what are the strengths of any particluar method books, how have they worked with actual students, etc. Also any thoughts on the pros cons of Rabbath for raw beginners would be appreciated. While we're on the subject, i've never used any texts at all with my electric basss students, if anyone has something they'd highly recomend, i'd love to hear about it.