Sassmannshaus: Early Start on the Double Bass - Volume 1
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- Authors: Holger Sassmannshaus, J. Peter Close
- Instrumentation: Double Bass
- ISMN: 9790006540266
- Size: 9.1 x 11.8 inches
- Pages: 72
Bärenreiter's long established standard work for young string players has received a welcome addition: "Früher Anfang auf dem Double Bass". It takes into account the ever-younger children's ensembles and orchestras that have increasingly emerged in recent decades and demand a full range of strings.
After beginning with open strings and simple note values - Volume 1 introduces the 'cuckoo call' (Minor 3rd) as a basic interval for guidance purposes and for mastering good intonation. It makes use of nursery rhymes, all of which are supplied with words to ensure that the melody lines can be easily grasped as a whole. Fingers 1, 4 and 2 are introduced in succession along with note values from whole note (semibreve) to eighth note (quaver). From the very beginning the volume places a special emphasis on reading musical notation and offers training in moving from one string to another and basic bowing strokes. Large print and delightful colour illustrations make the volume especially appealing to children. Enclosed is a sheet of cut-out musical cards that allow young learners to invent many puzzle and guessing games and later to master scales and pitch names.
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