simandl or rabbath?

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Feb 11, 2006, 1:47:58 PM2/11/06
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hello, I'm an aspiring bassist student and was looking for the best
book for solo playing. Which is better, simandl's 2nd book or
rabbath's set of books. thanks for your help.


Feb 18, 2006, 12:55:49 PM2/18/06
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While I do not know much about the rabbath method of thumb position, I
can say that simandl's second method book was very helpful for me in
learning the thumb positions. It lays out everything in a very
systematic approach, much like the first simandl book, so that there is
really no guess work at all in shifting.

Feb 20, 2006, 6:18:42 AM2/20/06
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ahoi, i would recomend the Rabbath method, even have a look at for Micheal
Wolfes "Principles of Doublebass Technique". Also the Website Silvio
Dalla Torre should be intresting for you:
Best Regards

Joe Lewis

Feb 25, 2006, 11:51:39 AM2/25/06
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I've heard excellent bassists from both camps. I myself got my original
foundation from Franz Simandl's method books and etudes, and later
studied from books by Ludwig Streicher and Franco Petracchi. And for
bowing technique alone, there's "A Contemporary Concept of Bowing
Technique" by Oscar Zimmerman. I'm not too familiar with Rabbath's
technique but I'm looking forward to checking out those links from

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