Double Bass Sight-Reading
By John Kember and David Stark, Double Bass Sight-Reading aims to establish good practice and provide a comprehensive source of material to enable a player to prepare for this most important skill. Ideally, sight-reading in some form should become a regular part of a student's routine each time they play.
This book offers the opportunity to establish the habit from the earliest stages of playing and follows a logical sequence of progression in ranges of notes, variety of times, keys and rhythms to cover the whole spectrum of Double Bass playing.
- An approach based upon self-learning and recognition of rhythmic and melodic patterns
- Original Tunes not abstract sight-reading exercises
- A series of 195 carefully graduated pieces in a range of musical styles
- 11 sections beginning with four open strings and with basic note values. Phrasing, bowing, rhythms and articulations are gradually introduced as are terms of tempo and expression.
- Tunes progress to encompass a range of key signatures, as well as chromatic, modal and atonal elements
- Each section concludes with duets or accompanied pieces for practise of ensemble sight-reading. The value of duets in this book cannot be over emphasised as it gives the opportunity to listen to another player, aids good time keeping and assists with intonation and the development of a good tone.