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double bass bible?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by enne, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. enne


    Nov 1, 2006
    i don't know how to explain myself so i'll just ask with examples.
    czerny, hanon, beyer are known as 'bibles' to the beginner piano players right? are there such instructional books for double bass?
  2. Machines


    Dec 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    Moderator: basschat.co.uk
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yeah - there is a whole side of the board devoted to Double Bass - DB!!

    But the answer to the question is :

  4. akuma12


    Aug 25, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    I second Bruce's answer, the Simandl book is very good. I think it's what most aspiring double bassists start out on. There are other methods out there, but until your finger strength is better, the Simandl method will probably work best. The most recent version should have an orangey-red cover.
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    This is what I started with...
    I think it's good to get your hands on as many method books as possible, work on them all, and pick what feels best for you.
    And get a teacher!

  6. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Yeah, check out some method books if you want to do arco and classical. I went a totally different way, I taught myself most of what I know, paying very close attention to friends playing (a couple of them are well on their way to becoming bigtime sidemen/session guys). But I play jazz, and I have absurdly long fingers, so I have a lot more freedom in terms of what fingerings I choose to use.
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    There are many things you can do "mechanically wrong" with double bas that will not only make it harder, but actually be physically negative.
    A few lessons with someone qualified to teach you some basics like holding it properly, fingering properly will go a long way. Breaking bad habits later is harder than a few good up front tips.
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
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