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 shot length allows for a typical student to learn about one tune each lesson, frwncois each tune introduces a new technique, note value, bowing, or string crossing. Not by a long shot. All and all, I think people should explore the different types of instructional books out there.

An active double bass performer and teacher, Jason is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists. In contrast, the six Rabbath positions are based around the major harmonics on the bass and are extremely easy to remember. This is quite different from most other methods, which reinforce sight-reading and performing on the instrument as quickly as possible. Dan Swaim did a wonderful job putting metgod the Suzuki bass books. Harmonically simple tunes and basic movements helped with this.

I show a bass-pupil the many possibilities of a certain fingering and tell him: Years later, I found a Suzuki teacher who was willing to take me on, and I flourished. Thanks for the post. I completely agree that Simandl should be treated as an advanced text.

Francoie believe the result of this journey is a synthetic approach that combines the strongest elements of each set of practices into a cohesive yet open architecture that consistently produces rapid progress for my students… and now their students as well.


François Rabbath

So all Germany goes on like before. Rabbqth down side is my students are all poor readers, But this seems easier to fix than a poor setup. The only materials available at the time were for the cello. I told him that I have the two Simadl books.

Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately. If you you want to kill the musical enthusiasm of a 3rd or 4th grader give them 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.

Retrieved from ” https: All this came to fruition when in I switched to 5ths tuning, and everything fell into place. He divides the bass fingerboard into six positions, based on the natural harmonics of the instrument.

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 Feancois, Dittersdorf, Bottesini for advanced students. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For example, similar exercises are found on the first page of Franco Petracchi’s Simplifed Higher Technique. I was really bored to tears, but it fracnois really helped the left hand alot. That is part of his genius. I could never imagine learning a quarter from the books about the Rabbath technique as I have learned from my teacher.

With the imminent publication of the fourth volume of his method I think some of this will be cleared up.

Rabbath versus Simandl – a comparative study for double bass – Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog

However, gabbath the onset when choosing the fingering for difficult passages, one should endeavor to play a piece up to speed. Rabbath is a total revelation by comparison, and makes a very good contrast.


One of my bass teachers had given me some George Vance books to look through and study. Rabbath left the conservatory on good terms and began to pursue other opportunities. I started out learning the double bass from a student of the orchestra that I used to play in.

Rabbath is known for his incredibly musical bowing and he addresses right hand issues more rabbqth the second volume as well.

He had six brothers and the entire family was very musical. Several very well known double bass teachers have gone to Paris to study with him and bring his approach back to their own students. As far as Simandl is concerned, I went through all of that when I was a student, and I loved the method, perhaps because I had a really good teacher that was able to get it across in a perfectly positive way.

He was born into a Syrian family of musicians but his only instruction came from a book written by a Parisian bassist Edouard Nanny. Mark Morton bass book series. His scale work in Book 2 is truly brilliant in getting a secure feel for whereever you are on the fingerboard in any key, although I thought he was mad when I first saw them!

I bass player friend of mine came over and mentioned the Rabbath Method. Both were as comfortable playing chamber music at a formal concert one day and improvising with jazz musicians the next. Playing the bass with six positions is possible by using a technique called pivoting.