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Unorthodox Instructionals Part 2 – Franz Simandl’s New Method For The Double Bass

This is the second of a series of posts from Tom Kenrick’s blog about unique books that many bassists would not have considered for study. I’ve flipped through this one before. Its Simandl’s “New Method For The Double Bass“. The method was published about a century ago, but the one I looked at was printed in the 1980’s. I remember people on Talkbass not liking it as much for electric bass, but I think its looked at as the double bassist’s equivalent of the Suzuki method for violin.

One of the things Kenrick talks about in his post is the one-finger-per-fret manner of fretting hand positioning vs. Simandl’s 1-2-4 fingering. Here’s something about it from Adam Neely that I referred to a lot when I picked up my bass:

And here’s a little about the mandl, Simandl, so you can get a handl (sorry, I had to):

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In the 2nd post on unusual instructional books for electric bassists (part 1 can be found here) we’re examining the benefits of Franz Simandl’s ‘New Method For The Double Bass’.


I discovered this book while studying with Austrian bass titan (and ibassmag contributor Stefan Redtenbacher and spent a long time working through it on electric bass years before I ever touched a double bass.

What’s it about?

Way back in the early 1900s, Austrian double bass virtuoso and renowned educator Franz Simandl published his method for double bass, which offered bassists with a logical, incremental approach to mastering the instrument.

How is a 100 year old double bass method relevant to modern electric bassists?

Many bass players have borrowed the ‘1 finger per fret’ technique from the guitar, which in certain playing situations makes a lot of sense. The problem comes when trying to apply this concept in the…

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