Looking for Simandl Tips

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by ZonGuy, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. ZonGuy

    ZonGuy Guest

    Sep 2, 2007
    I am going back to the very first page of Simandl and practicing every lesson in search of improving my tone quality.

    Any tips?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think you are only likely to get one in this case....get a teacher! :p

  3. Practice very, very slow (with the bow, obviously). Start at quarter note equals 45 and gradually slow it down. Going through Simandl again is great, but if your sole objective is improving your tone, slow scales and arpeggios will accomplish that. If you do work through Simandl, make everything sound as musical as possible. It's in there if you look really hard.
  4. Are you playing through it on electric or upright?

    If it is on upright, take you time, play with a metronome, and MARK THE BOOK. I never did this, and always got messed up in the middle of the etude.

    If you are playnig them on electric, play them in different positions on the neck - it is great reading practice!

  5. ZonGuy

    ZonGuy Guest

    Sep 2, 2007
    Thanks for the tips, folks. I am playing on upright. I start back with my excellent instructor Friday after a six week hiatus due to workload (electric bass jobs and day job).
    Just trying to maximize the use of my time while I am home for a while.
  6. Really focus on the tone of the E and A strings. Also remember two things, these are not pieces of concert music, so don't get bogged down by worrying over the music, focus on what part of your playing you are trying to improve.
    Also, try to focus on letting the etude "push" you into to tune, play, listen and don't worry over every note. Let Simandl do his part.
    Obviously, you want to play them well, but pick a few of them and drill them every day, As well as sight reading a few.
  7. Dbassmon

    Dbassmon Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Long bows, Flat Hair
  8. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    I recommend also Simandl's Book of Etudes.

    Those studies are little more musical.
  9. I play through the 30 Etudes book once a year or so, and I've been doing it since 1965. More than just etudes, that book is really a treatise on bow management. Where to recover the bow and how to do it are built into those etudes. Playing through the book in order and doing each etude 3-5 times is great for getting your bow under control.