Thomas Gale Ppractical Studies for Double Bass,
believe this is the first book that handles chromatics in half / first position
in a way that makes sense."
--Thomas Gale, author.
This book is designed to review all elementary
fundamentals for those students that have some gaps coming out of school class
lessons, and follows with more work 'up to the octave.' It includes bow planes,
string crossing, cross-string slurring and the introduction of the independent
3rd finger in positions 4 & 5.
Practical Studies Part 1 covers the basics
of cross-string bowing, rhythm, slurs and hooked bowing. Exercises include familiar
tunes that aid in intonation.
Practical Studies Part 2 includes a refresher on tuning by harmonics,
mixing rhythms, Portamento, and more use of positions 4 and 5. Special exercises
aid in practicing smooth bow crossings using "bow planes." Some introduction
is also given to the treble clef, pivoting, open hand technique and playing
in several key signatures.
book will help build confidence, diminish the fear of shifting, empower young
bassists to feel less compelled to cling to first position. ... Better yet,
Practical Studies could be used to avoid bad habits and misconceptions before
they occur." -- International Society
of Bassists, Spring 1995.
"Each of these tunes
is carefully chosen and cleverly set, fingered, and bowed to teach definite
skills and ideas. ... Another strength of this book is the even-handed treatment
of both the left and right hands." -- Bass World, Spring 1997.