Hey everyone, have both a very complex but also kind of simple question. Warning you now that I might be a bit long-winded in getting to my exact question, but I want to give as much prior information as I can so this thread doesn't get the unnecessary comments that will be made if I don't make all my intentions clear from the start. Alright so here's the deal, I am finally going to get into double bass. I've wanted to play for atleast a decade now, but for various reasons I haven't been able to except for a brief period in high school when I talked the orchestra director into letting me borrow a bass for six months to take lessons on. Don't have a bass yet, but I'm finally in a financially stable enough position where I have enough savings to be able to set aside some extra for a purchase. I'm a soon to be finishing up graduate student who wants to play in an orchestra again someday, and I also just love the bass (in all its forms). So my question is simple, I want to start a thread to compile information about the different schools of double bass technique. Couldn't easily find much using the search, all the terms I expected to return results actually didn't bring much up. So the types of stuff I'm looking for include: names of the school/pedagogical technique, names of method books, names of big proponents/developers, and other sorts of resources that one would use to introduce a student to a particular school of DB technique. So now that I've said such, let me be long-winded so we all don't spend time weeding through responses that don't really need to be said. First of all I do have a fairly strong education in classical music as I've been playing music all my life. For many years I thought I wanted to be a composer, and so I took many opportunities to expose myself to and learn many different instruments...think I'm at close to a dozen now. Through all this I understand how important a teacher is and I know full well that I absolutely cannot teach myself these various methods on my own. That is not my goal. What I want is to introduce myself to various ways of thinking about and approaching the instrument, just to start wrapping my head around the instrument. I'm a string instrument kinda guy, while my primary instrument through school was bassoon, strings have always made more sense to me, and I'm at the point in my playing now where I can pick up almost any string instrument (fretted or fretless) and so long as I know the tuning, I can put the relations together in my head and start making music (obviously rarely ever using techniques proper to the instrument). Anyways, I fully intend to get a teacher once I graduate (taking piano lessons through the school gets me access to the campus grands, can't afford two sets of lessons), and I do realize that by getting a head start I will probably develop some bad habits that I will have to break, but by now I am very much used to having serious focus on technique, and I don't mind relearning things down the line. Despite that school keeps me from being able to play music as much these days, I still have a fairly good ear, and I can atleast start getting a basic idea in my head for the positions. I also just really enjoy geeking out over pedagogical approaches, I just find it really interesting how different people over time come to approach an instrument differently, and the double bass in particular fascinates me because it has gone through such a transformation in its overall playability. Oh I should also say, that when it comes to Western classical strings, I've played violin, cello, guitar, and did 6 or so months on the DB learning Simandl; in addition I do play electric bass. I also know that nothing about the techniques for any of these instruments transfers to DB except in understanding things like correct intonation, the basic physics of bowing, and what, maybe vibrato? (kinda funny that since I play a 6 string EB, almost none of my current bass playing will transfer ) So anyways, I've tried to throw as much info about my background out there so some of the typical "get a teacher", "only learn Simandl first" responses don't get tossed around so much. I absolutely intend to get a skilled teacher once I finish up my last semester, I fully accept that I will have to unlearn some bad habits, but I'm also expressing that I have a pretty good grounding given my past musical training for understanding how Western pedagogy was and is typically developed, and also that for me, even just looking at a method book and how passages are fingered is interesting and enlightening about an instrument. Okay enough of that, also I'm sorry if I seem like I'm thumping my chest over here: "Look at me, I am master of classical music, I can play everything" etc. I really am not some fantastically amazing musician or anything, and I probably sound arrogant, but I just wanted to put everything out there so the thread doesn't get diverted. I'm looking to be able to compile a list of the different schools of DB and the introductory methods/other resources available. That's the simple question.