Thomas Gale, Triangulation of Fingering Systems
for Double Bass
The Triangulation of Fingering
Systems is a COMBINATION of Volumes 1 & 2 of the Technical Foundation Series
with a new third part that introduces the open hand technique.
Triangulation of Fingering Systems introduces
the open hand technique - one of the three left hand techniques known as the
Triangulation of Fingering Systems - and explores all the possibilities of the
open hand technique in many positions. When the player has finished Part One,
he or she may begin studying Technical Foundation Studies, Volume 2. The two
volumes are designed to run parallel. The appendix of Volume 1 consists of other
published articles on performance and technique written by the author.
Studies Volume 1: The first volume provides
an introduction to the "4 finger" technique for the advancing bassist
who wishes to expand his or her repertoire of skills.
To meet the demands of modern playing, most
bassists need to develop at least two styles of fingerings. The most common
method is based on the Simandl or "closed hand" system that is comfortable
for lyrical passages and most technical ones as well. However, problems occur
in demanding, quick shifting passages which often become blurred to the listener
and tiring to the player.
The four finger or "open hand" system
greatly reduces the number of shifts, makes for clean, well articulated fast
playing and minimizes the portamenti that are sometimes audible during shifting.
To become proficient with the open hand takes considerable practice and a
great deal of patience. The exercises of Volume 1 are designed to aid the
needed practice and encourage the required patience.
Studies Volume 2: This volume includes ample
thumb position practice for the developing bassist. Carefully constructed
exercises help engage the student in combining the normal closed hand, open
hand (Volume 1), pivot, and thumb positions in smooth execution of difficult
The treble clef is used predominately in this
volume, although toward the end a review of the tenor clef is included. Following
each instructional page is an Etude page, each providing a musically interesting
example of the techniques studied.