Franz Simandl (August 1, – December 15, ) was a double-bassist and pedagogue most remembered for his book New Method for the Double Bass. The older, established double bass method here is without a doubt the New Method for String Bass by Franz Simandl. This tried and true double bass. F. Simandl – New Method for Double Bass (Max Ebert).pdf – Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online.

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I could never imagine learning a quarter from the books about the Rabbath technique as I have learned from my teacher.

The Simandl “family tree” of bass pedagogues extends for many generations. Hi Jason, Basx find your article very interesting you posted some of my videos long time ago. The instrument was wonderfully resonant. Franz Simandl August 1, — December 15, was a double-bassist and pedagogue most remembered for his book New Method for the Double Bass, known as the Bbass book, which is to this day used as a standard study of double bass technique and hand positions.

One other thing missing from bass books is extension fingering, which was taught to me by John Walton, bass professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

Franz Simandl – Wikipedia

My 4th graders had just learned the D scale in school and old man Simandl was having them grind away on atonal and they really are atonal exercises with accidentals galore. Thanks for your work blogging, your place its helping a lot for the world bass comunity Andres…. Although the book was Rabbath technique through and through Rabbath himself plays on the accompanying CDs I already started to see the possibilities of this method.

Thanks for your work blogging, your place its helping a lot for the world bass comunity. The down side is my students are all poor readers, But this seems easier to fix than a poor setup.


From 4th position you can extend the fingers and use one per semitone which frees things up immensely and makes playing much easier. His scale work in Book 2 is truly brilliant in getting a secure feel for whereever you are on the fingerboard in any key, although Simahdl thought he was mad when I first saw them!

This curiosity moved me to spend most of my 45 years on the bass experimenting with and analysing every approach or system I came across. It would certainly be very difficult to make signifcant progress in the Rabbath technique using a large, wide shouldered, heavy bass with a straight endpin. If poor techniques are ingrained at an early age they are almost impossible to fix. Further reading and resources: I still have to work to remember it after all these years.

Right simand, I like to publish my small book, because many people of different countries asked me for it mostly latinamerican countries because the text its in spanish Maybe you can help me contact some editorial that you think duoble will be interested on. Sorry for my no correct English, but I listen today to young students which play better and better which one or the other system. All simahdl all, I think base should explore the different types of instructional books out there.

One of my double bass tutors started me on simandl.

I had somehow acquired enough basic technique on my own over the years that I really just jumped into some rather serious literature. His fingerings were kind of confusing to me. The only materials available at the time were for the cello. I believe the result of this journey is a synthetic approach that combines the strongest elements of each set of practices into a cohesive yet open architecture that consistently produces rapid progress for my students… and now their students as well.

Rabbath versus Simandl – a comparative study for double bass – Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog

This bloody awful set of tuneless exercises left me frightened of anything beyond keys closely related to C major and any position beyond first. Unfortunately it is also impossible to find. This is the problem, not Rabbath.


Progressive Repertoire fuses the Suzuki repertoire and the Rabbath technique with traditional double bass technique and repertoire with excellent results. Harmonically simple tunes and basic movements helped with this.

Jason Heath is the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. I want to have fun also, was his answer. If you you want to kill the musical enthusiasm of a 3rd or 4th grader give them Simandl. This page was last edited on 15 Augustat The application of contemporary bass pedagogy concepts to beginning string class instruction, in American String Teacher Magazine Now check your email to confirm your subscription.

There was an error submitting your subscription. In my teaching I am going to try to mix it up more. I was surprised at the way the double bass positions were introduced and explained but was immediately interested. Hope this all helps and is of interest! Those atonal, grinding exercises that I groused about earlier are actually EXACTLY what we bass players do in orchestra much of the time, and being able to read all of those accidentals across the strings is an absolutely essential skill for bass players in an ensemble.

I do the same thing myself. This is important for bass students since we can only span a whole step in our normal position.

New Method for the Double Bass (Simandl, Franz)

I used to never let my students pivot, believing that it would cloud their intonation. It moved doggedly slow, and was extremely boring. I shall check these out when I get my hands on them.

I have never tried Vance Progressive Repertoire books.