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Early Start on the Double Bass, Volume 3 / Fruher Anfang auf dem Kontrabass, Band 3

By J. Peter Close; Holger Sassmannshaus

Double bass (+ piano)
Composed by J. Peter Close; Holger Sassmannshaus. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. Instructional Method. Performance score and parts. Text Language: English/German. 64/16 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA9663).

Item Number: BA.BA9663
ISBN 9790006540280. With Text Language: English/German. Instructional Method. 30 x 23 cm inches.

The long awaited Sassmannshaus method Early Start on the Double Bass is now here. At last students of the largest instrument in the string family can make use of this tried and tested method for beginners, developed by Egon Sassmannshaus for the other string instruments and applied here to the double bass by Holger Sassmannshaus and J. Peter Close. This method will meet the needs of the growing number of young bass students.

Early Start on the Double Bass encompasses everything that one would expect from a Sassmannshaus method: an easy start, progression at a suitable rate, many cross-references to the other string instruments, songs and scales in different positions from early on, as well as many duets. Lively and colourful illustrations by Charlotte Panowsky complete the edition.

The third volume builds a fluent left-hand technique for playing up to the sixth position. As always, each new position is first practiced by itself with well-known songs and exercises, then combined with familiar positions in new duets and pieces, extending the left-hand technique in a logical progression. Scales are now also played in minor keys. Varied bow strokes and patterns (legato, portato, staccato, marcato, martelé, martellato) are introduced. The third finger is used for the first time. The collection presents works by Eccles, Charpentier, Krieger, J. S. Bach, Boismortier, Handel, Telemann, Graupner, Hasse, Chedeville, Haydn, Mozart, Kummer, Schubert, Schumann, Diabelli, Ries, Saint-Saens, Schlemueller, Romberg, Baklanova, and Furtok. An inserted booklet offers piano accompaniments to 7 pieces.

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  • June 25, 2012 Another excellent publication

    This book takes over where Volume II left off and continues the progression. Wonderful tunes and duets make for great chances to learn to play with other people, whether it be the teacher in the lesson or other students in recitals.

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