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Good Book??

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by no_poetic_devic, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. I don't really know which forum to post this in but i thought here would be my best bet.
    What are some good books for teaching double bass? Obviously I also need a teacher, but I would like to have a good book as well.
    If it's possible could you also tell me a store in which I could purchase it (preferably in Canada)
  2. Simandl (classical)
    Ray Brown Bass Method (jazz)
    Rufus Reid's The Evolving Bass (jazz)
  3. Shlomobaruch


    Dec 31, 2002
    Boise, ID
    When you find a teacher, they will probably have a preference for a lesson book. If you're looking for something just to get you started, I'd actually lean towards Rufus Reid's "Evolving Bassist". The first part of the book deals a lot with orienting you on the instrument and playing various rhythms. It's a jazz-oriented book (no matter what Reid says in the intro), but the first half alone certainly applies to the instrument as a whole, and the second half wouldn't hurt you either.

    This could also have to do with my utter aversion to Simandl, of which I have posted before. Simandl will bore you to tears when you *have* a teacher. Without one, I cannot imagine getting far. But either way, find a teacher before you hurt yourself.