François Rabbath (born in Aleppo, Syria) is a contemporary French double- bass player, Another technique used by Francois Rabbath is the Crab Technique, named for the way the hand movement resembles a crab’s sideways walking. François Rabbath demonstrates his crab fingering system as an alternative to traditional shifting. In contrast, the New Method of François Rabbath and his followers divides the double bass into six positions and navigates the notes in each of these large.

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Even as my real private lessons began in high school, I was not highly exposed to any specific method, but rather bits and pieces of several.

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I know, 90 is a number that scares everybody — but most of them are not longer than half a page? Rabbath is not the first person to use the Crab Technique but he is the first double bassist to name it and give it a thorough full technical exploration. Many of his ideas seem frnacois to me, from francoiz advocating collapsing of the left hand fingers to his extremely specific ideas methoe instrument shape and size, the use of franocis French bow, and advocacy of bent end pins.

The Vance Progressive Nethod method actually dovetails neatly into the world of traditional double bass pedagogical repertoire, since the last piece introduced in Book 3 is the Dragonetti Concerto. Rabbath is liberation of old minded teachers and players. A close friendship quickly developed when the two discovered that they had many shared musical experiences and philosophies. Jason Heath is the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass.

Usually, the thumb should be relatively behind the index finger or closer to the middle finger when not in thumb position so the bassist can fully utilize the weight of the left arm and have a very free pivot. As I had student after student play them for me in lessons I have taught a LOT of private lesson students I came to two conclusions:.

His fingerings were kind of confusing to me. This tried and true double bass pedagogical tome methodically takes the beginning double bass student up the fingerboard, half-step by half-step, exploring all of the notes in each position and connecting the new positions with the old positions in various etude and scalar studies. I bought his Nouville Technique volumes when I was in high school, and although I did not agree with many of the fundamental concepts I read, I knew there was a huge amount of value in these texts.


Using these six positions and the pivot technique where the fingers rock backward or forward but the thumb does not move a bassist is able to reach many more notes from a single position than they can with more conventional positions and shifts.

Rabbath left the conservatory on good terms and began to pursue other opportunities. The down side is my students are all poor readers, But this seems easier to fix than a poor setup. Preparing for a Successful Job Interview. Not only did Rabbath not speak French at this time but also he could not read music. The technique is outlined in the third volume of the Rabbath Method and allows for part of the hand to move while the other part remains and vice versa — in this way the hand can move up and down the string in certain passages without ever fully shifting.

Rabbath believed that these three elements must be synchronized in metho for the music to happen accurately and does an excellent job of explaining this theory.

In he went to Paris, hoping to meet Nanny, who had died nearly ten years prior to his arrival, but he continued to study, and in recorded for the first time.

An extension is a widening meghod the hand to reach a new note [as outlined by Zimmermann]. Long discussions of technical issues are to be avoided at all costs. The Simandl New Method teaches a bass player all of the necessary skills to play orchestral music. Those atonal, grinding exercises that I groused about earlier are actually EXACTLY what we bass players do in orchestra much of the time, and being able to read all of those accidentals across the strings is an absolutely essential skill for bass players in an ensemble.

Not only is she willing to inspire those she conducts; she is constantly searching to learn methkd herself. Retrieved from ” https: Those books give you the same scale like 5 different ways and positions that way you can never be caught off-gaurd for fingerings.

Included are two of the rababth often-performed works methoc the double bass repertoire: All this came to fruition when in I switched to 5ths tuning, and everything fell into place.

I began with Simandl. Michael Schneider from Heidelberg, Germany. As an experiment, ask a professional bass player sometime to demonstrate all of the Simandl positions.

François Rabbath

My teacher started me with Simandl too. I would vote for Simandl. He is a virtuoso player, and he has inspired a large cadre of bassists from disparate musical genres and continues to travel the world as a soloist and clinician.

This combination has ultimately been the most successful comprehensive double bass pedagogical sequence for me—Vance for beginners and intermediate students, and Simandl, ochestral excerpts, and the traditional double bass repertoire Koussevitzky, Dittersdorf, Bottesini for advanced students. Mind you, Simandl has some very wierd ideas on the upper positions where he dispense with fingering the E string, and restricts fingering on the A to 1 and 2.


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Subscribe to get our weekly newsletter covering the double bass world. I find the biggest issue with mthod especially, young students is that you and they are always under the gun to learn the music for the upcoming concert…orchestra or solo.

If you you want to francpis the musical enthusiasm of a 3rd or 4th grader give them Simandl. This was a revelation. The first page of the Half Position exercises, for example, already introduces double sharps.

Influences on String Teaching in General Although it is commonly agreed that Rabbath is a phenomenal player, often cited as the Paganini of the double bass, his influence on double bass pedagogy is still controversial. Thanks for your work blogging, your place its helping a lot for the world bass comunity Andres….

Sadly, Nanny had died eight years earlier and Rabbath would never get to have these conversations with him. francis

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I was surprised at the way the double bass positions were introduced and explained but was immediately francpis. One of my double bass tutors started me on mehtod. Now, I still do start my students with Simandl, but I write my own little pieces for them to play too. I have started students both ways, and the Simandl students leave their first lesson with a grimace while the Vance students leave with a smile. The comfort navigating the fingerboard and the flat position raabbath taught by Vance no position is scarier than any other sets up a student for all of the challenges of Simandl, and the combination of both methods in this sequence much more effectively prepares the student world of orchestral music.

I liked the tunes the Suzuki tune progression is very well-conceived but was unsure about trying to use these francoid without any Suzuki training.

In his mid-life Rabbath worried about finances and auditioned for a position in the Paris Opera Orchestra. This is Rabbath, the rest is: This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat My 4th graders had just learned the D scale in school and old man Simandl was having them grind away on atonal and they really are atonal exercises with accidentals galore. Unfortunately it is also impossible to find.