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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by mcfrankson, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. mcfrankson


    Jan 9, 2008
    So, I have a new double bass student. She's 10, and her family doesn't really have a clue about music, and also she isn't in any groups or anything at school. I am a jazz bass player, at least that's what I went to school for. How would you approach this student? Go into basic arco and arco playing? Go into pizz and playing in that style? I'm not really sure how to call this one. Any ideas?
  2. Yes, you should get her working with a bow. It's a vital part of playing the instrument, and will open more doors for her if she wants to keep playing as she gets older.

    Have her pick up a copy of George Vance's Progressive Repertoire Vol. 1 (and perhaps Vade Mecum). It's nice to start introducing basic concepts with real music. If she can't read music yet, that will have to be part of the lessons.
  3. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Quincy, MA
    I hold really firm to arco being the foundation of any double bass lessons where money is exchanged.