I just started playing upright about six months ago (both jazz and classical) and while I have a teacher, he's more free form and doesn't have my studying a particular method or book. I bought a copy of Simandl and Reid on my own and I've been working through Simandl, but I'm only about ten pages in. I haven't started the Reid book but I have skimmed it and it seems to be pretty jazz focused. I've also been doing some reading online about Rabbath's pivot system of fingering and Vance's modification of the Rabbath technique and infusing it with more musical etudes (which is, I have to say, a big flaw in Simandl; the etudes and exercises seem to be lacking a lot in musicality so far). I think I'd like to read more about the pivot system and maybe get a couple of the Vance books from the music store, but I thought I'd ask what the jazz world saw as generally accepted methodology. Should I finish Simandl before I give Rabbath a shot? Should I take a break and play from Reid's book for a while? Or should I just go pick up the Progressive Etudes Vol 1 by Vance tomorrow after work and five it a shot? In short, what is the generally accepted method book for bass players who are mostly jazz focused but have an interest in classical as well?