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My First Simandl

For the Developing Double-bass Student

By Frnz Simandl

Strings Double Bass
For the Developing Double-bass Student. Composed by Frnz Simandl, Hugo Schlemueller, John Merle, and Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Edited by Amy Rosen, William Eckfeld, and Lucas Drew. Arranged by S. Price Frederick Zimmermann. SWS. Back To School. Classical. Student book. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #BF26. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.BF26).

Item Number: CF.BF26

ISBN 9780825859748. 9 x 12 inches. Text: Frnz Simandl.

An introduction to the essential elements of the famous Simandl etudes presented in a logical manner and in a format for developing students to use. This book will improve the technical facility and musicianship of the younger bassist the way the Simandl etudes have for over a century. It will serve as a fantastic preparation for these ever-popular studies, and it will ready students wanting more specialized instruction from these treatises. My First Simandl is designed to work both in an individual and group setting and is an invaluable tool to take the young bassist to the next level of playing. Considered by most as the definitive instructional method for the double bass. It contains over 140 pages of exercises, and etudes covering the first, second and third positions to develop technique and musicianship. This book has served as the method of choice for generations of musicians in their study of the double bass. It is the most widely accepted method and is used the world over.
In preparing My First Simandl for double bass, great care has been taken to preserve the original intent, musical and educational objectives that Franz Simandl set forth in his etude books. Consequently, many of the exercises are exactly as they are in the original books. However, there are many areas where the studies started at a level of difficulty, which made it unrealistic for use by young players. Therefore, some studies have been shortened in length or have had note values doubled. The studies have been arranged in an order taking into account tonality, grade of difficulty and style. The studies chosen were considered to be the most important ones for the student at this particular stage of technical development. In addition, an effort was made to provide a consistent system of fingerings and bowings. All of the studies should be practiced slowly in the beginning, regardless of the tempo marking. Those with multiple bowings should practice the bowings on open strings first until the bow arm has become used to the movements. Some simple slurs are included in the etudes. Those exercises which include suggestions for extra bowings are to be used at the teachers discretion. Many of the exercises are duets for the student and teacher. They will enhance the students ear training in the specific tonality and make the playing of these works more exciting for the student. The teacher will also provide a model for the student in intonation and dynamic contrast. The top line of the duet should be the students part and is marked accordingly with the appropriate bowings and fingerings. The bottom line has only basic bowings and fingerings, since it is expected to be played by the teacher. As the pupil progresses, s/he may be able to handle both lines of many of the duets. The first part of the book is organized around an individual scale and arpeggio. This is an attempt to help the student become solid in the specific tonality. At each scale section, the teacher might chose to teach any other scales with the same finger pattern as the one introduced. The second part of the bookTechnique Sectionintroduces new aspects of technique on which every young string player must work. Although this part is presented at the end of the book, the teacher might want to incorporate some of these exercises in between the scale sections to reinforce other musical material being studied at the same time. Some pieces are included at the end of the book which utilize the techniques taught throughout this volume.

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    judy fischer
    East Islip, NY
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  • August 18, 2012 My First Simandl

    My Firts Simandl is an excellent supplement for the intermediate bassist. It is clearly printed, easy to read and has ample opportunities for the student to play duets. As with the orignal Simandl, each key is explored in a limited manner. I use this book after my students have studied...

    a specific key and position as a comprehensive review/assessment tool.

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