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October 20, 2014

Grat.Plug: “A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practices”

Just had an email from my father, directing me to the following book:

A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practices
Murray Grodner
Asssited by Michael P. Sweeney
“Murray Grodner… has distilled more than 30 years of playing and teaching experience into an immensely approachable and useful book for aspiring and practising bassists […] I thoroughly recommend this book to all teachers who want to keep learning, and players who like re-evaluating their playing. Its strength lies in the way it encourages us to help ourselves and supports us on our journey as lifelong learners.” -Strad
“Murray Grodner’s book is a comprehensive and well-organized guide that is packed with common sense information. It reads easily and establishes a nice balance between printed musical excerpts and cogent verbal explanations. The essay section is especially enlightening and contains authoritative advice on many aspects of classical bass performance. A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practices is eminently sensible and informative, and serves as an excellent resource for classical bassists.” -Edwin Barker, Principal Bass, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Murray Grodner draws on his distinguished career as a double bass musician and teacher in this compendium of performance philosophy, bowing and phrasing recommendations, tutorials on fingerings and scales, and exercises for bowing and string crossing. Grodner addresses technical obstacles in musical performance, offers advice on instrument and bow purchase, and provides a detailed approach to the fundamentals of bass playing. This guide is an invaluable resource for any bassist seeking to improve performance practices.

Indiana University Press

August 2013 168pp 9780253010162 Paperback £26.99.

http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/a-double-bassists-guide-to-refining-performance-practices

I’ve ordered it, and may blog again on the subject.