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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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The only materials available at the time were for the cello. Michael Schneider from Heidelberg, Germany. Not only did Rabbath not speak French at this time but also he could not read music. Teacher, Conductor, Scholar, Performer, and so much more. Hi Jason, very perceptive comments on these methods.

I completely agree that Simandl should be treated as an advanced text.

Straight from the heart. The reason a pivot is not a shift is because the thumb does not move either on the string or behind the neck.

Similarly, Rabbath developed and named the crab technique, wherein a finger is never lifted from the string until the next finger is placed.

I liked the tunes the Suzuki tune progression is very well-conceived but was unsure about trying to use these books without any Suzuki training. The only conclusion I can come to is that 19th century string actions and gut strings meant that this was the only practical way of playing at the time.


I bass player friend of mine came over and mentioned the Rabbath Method. To adhere blindly to a certain system would be a serious mistake and detrimental to performance. In he went to Paris, hoping to meet Nanny, who had died nearly ten years prior to his arrival, but he continued to methox, and in recorded for the first time. It is not a young student-friendly book.

Thanks for the post. Mind you, Simandl framcois 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.

Rbbath Repertoire fuses the Suzuki repertoire and the Rabbath technique with francoie double ,ethod technique and repertoire with excellent results.

I know, 90 is a number that scares everybody — but most of them are not longer than half a page? Harmonically simple tunes and basic movements helped with this. Coming from a bassist who had no private lessons for most of his bass playing years minus collegeI found that the Dr.

Rabbath’s major contribution to the field of bass pedagogy is represented in the three-volume Nouvelle technique de la contrebasse. He was born into a Syrian family of musicians but his only instruction came from a book written by a Parisian bassist Edouard Nanny.

Combined with the pieces I was learning for orchestra to keep myself interested, that is. Nor me or somebody mdthod in the world would be inspired by Simandl in that way. As I write this post, I am in the middle of composing an article on a fresh look at the double bass fingerboard that includes a system for labeling positions that is simple, logical and descriptive.


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He is a truly creative artist speaking in a compelling original voice. 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.

An active double bass performer and teacher, Jason is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists. Just came across this article.

I still have to work to remember rabbatth after all these years.

Now that there is internet no such thing back in ! Francoie went through the Essential Elements Hal Leonard series which teaches all the strings of the orchestra essentially the same material at the same pace. Subscribe to get our weekly newsletter covering the double bass world.

François Rabbath – Wikipedia

Anyway, we are where we are, so there it is. Rabbath believed that these three elements must be synchronized in order for the music to happen accurately and does an excellent job of explaining this theory. One, it is important to remember that he did not have a formal teacher. In my teaching I am going to try to mix it up more.