This pupil's book provides a lively and comprehensive introduction to the very first steps of playing the double bass.
This pupil's book provides a lively and comprehensive introduction to
the very first steps of playing the double bass. It is part of the
Abracadabra Strings Beginners series, a new series of string tutors
designed to precede our existing Abracadabra books. All the titles in
the series work in conjuction with each other, making them ideal for
group and whole class tuition. Used alone they remain perfect for
indivdual lessons. The book contains activities, games and pieces that
teach the fundamentals of playing the double bass : good posture (with and
without the instrument), bow hold, finger position and pitch awareness
as well as developing rhythm and notation reading. The CD also aids
pitch development with performances of the pieces and backing tracks to
motivate pupils to practise pieces and activities outside of their
lessons. The basics are constantly reinforced and revisited with the
pupils building up to 'performance pieces' that combine and showcase
all of the skills they have developed.
Chris Maybank is a double bass specialist and teacher. He currently teaches at Russell House School, Oxford, and The New Beacon School, Sevenoaks. Katie Wearing is a highly experienced teacher of the violin. She teaches violin pedagogy at the Royal Northern College of Music and violin and viola at the Royal Northen's Junior Department.