Learning to play bass involves many hours of study and practice with your instrument. In addition to a smart bass teacher and a good bass method book, you will need volumes of bass studies, also called bass etudes. Exercise books and play-Alongs are helpful in learning the bass also. Remember, you can always call on Lemur Music to find the right bass excerpt book or volume of complete bass parts to enhance your practice.
G. Bottesini - Method for Double Bass Part 2 Edited by Rodney Slatford. Introductory Text in English and German. Introductory Text in English and German. Part Two takes the student through the whole instrument, including high harmonics.
Orin O'Brien's Personal Notebook is now available for everyone to enjoy. Notes, comments, tips, suggestions, etudes, glossary, audition advice, bowing, warm-ups, and repertoire - the list goes on and on. Just think what the notes from 30+ years of teaching contains! Thanks Orin for sharing your wonderful "Notebook" with bassists worldwide. Our best wishes, TB
Classical and Modern Works Orchestral Excerpts from the Symphonic Repertoire for String Bass Volume 1 (Editor, Zimmermann)
Bach BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 2, MAGNIFICAT
Beethoven SYMP NO. 8, OVERTURE "CONSECRATION OF THE HOUSE"
Bizet L'ARLESIENNE, SUITE NO. 1
Borodin SYMP NO. 2
Brahms SYMP NO. 2, PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
Bruckner SYMP NO. 7
Debussy LA MER
Dvorák SYMP NO. 4
Elgar, ENIGMA VARIATIONS
Franck, SYMP IN D MINOR
Haydn, SYMP NO.104 "LONDON"
Liszt, LES PRELUDES
Mendelssohn, SYMP NO. 3 "SCOTCH"
Mozart, SYMP NO. 40, OVERTURE "THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO," OVERTURE "THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO"
Mussorgsky, NIGHT ON BARE MOUNTAIN
Shubert, SYMP NO. 7
Schumann, SYMP NO. 2
Sibelius, SYMP NO. 1
Stravinsky, L' HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT
Tchaikovsky, OVERTURE-FANTASY "ROMEO AND JULIET"
Weber, OVERTURE "EURYANTHE"
About Thomas Gale - PRACTICAL STUDIES for Double Bass, 2nd Edition "I
believe this is the first book that handles chromatics in half / first position
in a way that makes sense."----------Thomas
Gale, author. Please click thru for more information...
Melodic Foundation Studies by Thomas Gale takes the player into the intermediate and intermediate-advanced levels. It covers a range 'up to the octave' and uses all closed hand (Simandl) fingering techniques. The goal is to have the student learn to play musically in the first six positions and uses the twenty most common major and minor keys. Please click thru to learn more....
Don Hermanns' ARC has been the "go-to" ear training, intonation skills building course for more than 15 years. This Course Develops Intonation Skills in all 12 Keys and all related Minors. Includes Scales & Arpeggios, accurate timing, and a true pitch piano accompaniement. Beginners will appreciate working on shifting, rhythm, and reading skills. Intermediate players will appreciate building skills that truly help ensemble play. Please click on title above to learn more....
Dennis Masuzzo, Playing the Bass Tuned in Fifths has become the "go to" book for tuning in fifths. This book details all you need to know about tuning bass in fifths, CGDE. 5ths tuning has become more popular in the last few years thanks to Dennis Masuzzo's Fifths Tuning Book for Double Bass.