Franz Simandl - Blatna, Czech Republic
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N 49° 25.438 E 013° 53.142
33U E 419191 N 5475185
Quick Description: Franz Simandl (August 1, 1840 – December 15, 1912) was a double-bassist and pedagogue most remembered for his book...
Location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 4/17/2016 6:52:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMQZ05
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Franz Simandl [Czech: Frantisek Simandl] was a double-bassist and pedagogue most remembered for his book New Method for the Double Bass, known as the Simandl book, which is to this day used as a standard study of double bass technique and hand positions.

His approach uses the first, second, and fourth fingers of the left hand (the third and fourth operating together as one digit) for stopping the strings in the lower register of the instrument and divides the fingerboard into various positions.

The second volume of the method looks at the use of thumb position using the thumb, first, second and third fingers, to play solo, high register work and again dividing the fingerboard up into a concept of positions. The second volume also delves extensively into the playing of harmonics.

Simandl's "New Method" of playing, now over a century old, is still common among classical double bassists, although the book itself is slowly being replaced by newer methods which incorporate modern pedagogical theory.[3][4] Modern adaptations of, extensions to, and challenges to Simandl doctrines are acknowledged.

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