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Description 71 BAROQUE BASS LINES FOR DOUBLE BASS
This collection of etudes, drawn from the basso continuo parts of various Baroque sonatas for Flute and Keyboard, as well as the chorales of J.S. Bach, Will, it is hoped, prove to be of musical as well as technical value to the student and aspiring professional performer on the Double Bass. Each of these lines should be studied for phrasing and sense of style, as well as technique. and the player should at all times be aware of the melodic and harmonic implications or functions of each note, in addition to the technical demands of fingering and bowing. This collection may be used after the student has learned the various positions in order to help reinforce his knowledge of the fingerboard. Actual fingerings have been omitted in order to permit the player to make his own decisions here, consistent with the style and tempo of each line. Further, specific bowings have also been omitted, to help the player make his own, relatively simple decisions as regards direction of the bow. In general, the following basic principles of bow direction should be utilized where applicable:
1. The note on the first beat of a measure is usually played down-bow.
2. The last note in a measure is usually taken up-bow.
3. An up-beat which is to be slurred over a bar line is played down-bow.
4. An odd number of notes (bows) before a bar line, and after a rest, starts up-bow, especially if the notes are of even value.
5. An even number of notes (bows) before a bar line, and after a rest, starts down-bow.
All of the major and minor keys are represented in
this collection, and will be found to appear in the following
sequence: C Major - A Minor, G Major - E Minor,
F Major- D Minor. D Major- B Minor, Bb Major -G Minor, etc.
In addition to the Double Bass, the material in this
collection will also be found suitable for the Cello and/or
Viola da Gamba.
Lucas Drew. Ed. D.
Associate Professor of Music
University of Miami
Miami Philharmonic Orchestra
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This stuff is great sight reading practice for electric bass also.