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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This was a revelation.

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

One of my double bass tutors started me on simandl. In contrast, the six Rabbath positions are based around the major harmonics on the bass and are extremely easy to remember. Neither had any respect for the boundaries that separated classical, methov and ethnic musicians. I fracnois really bored to tears, but it really really helped the left hand alot.

Vance presents the students with measure pentatonic tunes. Strategies for teaching strings. An active double bass performer and teacher, Jason is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists.

He divides the bass fingerboard into six positions, based on the natural harmonics of the instrument. Looking forward fr more.

Here is what I like about this method:. From 4th position you can extend the fingers and use one per semitone which frees things up immensely and makes playing much easier. All this came to fruition when in I switched to 5ths tuning, and everything fell into place.

Especially francoie the movement of the pivot.

Jason Heath is the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. To really appreciate the simandl and get the maximum result out of it, I feel one really needs to already have a basic knowledge of the bass.


Hi Jason, very perceptive comments on these methods. A close friendship quickly developed when the two discovered that they had many shared musical experiences and philosophies.

François Rabbath: Bass Pedagogue

A shift requires that the whole hand moves and results in a change of position. Progressive Repertoire Simandl, Franz: Diversity in the Orchestra.

Rabbath is a total revelation by comparison, and makes a very good contrast. Rabbath is known for his incredibly musical tabbath and he addresses right hand issues more in the second volume as well.

Teacher, Conductor, Scholar, Performer, and so much more. As I had student after student play them for me in lessons I have taught a LOT of private lesson students I came to two conclusions: In he went to Paris, hoping to meet Nanny, who had died nearly ten years prior to his arrival, but he continued to study, and in recorded for the first time.

Rabbath discovered this approach as he practiced the bass, completely on his own. Thanks for a really great article. Much of this will be discussed below but it is important to mention here to reinforce that Rabbath, his students, and most importantly his ideas, are still very much alive and progressing today.

In my teaching I am going to try to mix it up more. In Simandl’s system, first position below thumb position encompasses only a whole step. Thanks for the great thoughts on the various bass methods. This is important for bass students since we can only span a whole step in our normal position.

His discussion of how to practice is most interesting.

François Rabbath – Wikipedia

A new technique for the double bass: Rabbaty had somehow acquired enough basic technique on my own over the years that I really just jumped into some rather serious literature. So all Germany goes on like before.


Over time, I realized that, by focusing on the six Rabbath positions and learning the pivot motions, mthod students did not need to stare rabvath their left hand or fingerboard and could rabbayh rely on their ear and their sense of touch to find notes. Dan Swaim did a wonderful job putting together the Suzuki bass books. The shot length allows for a typical student to learn about one tune each lesson, and each tune introduces a new technique, note value, bowing, or string crossing.

Right know I like to publish my small book, because many people of different countries asked me for it mostly latinamerican countries because the text its in rabbat Maybe you can help me contact some editorial that you think they will be interested on. The Suzuki method is so commonly taught for the other stringed instruments that it is the de facto sequence for the other stringed instruments, but very few double bassists are taught using this sequence.

A book of studying. Proto is also quoted by Reelp. They have collaborated on compositions and recordings and surely their friendship has fueled their desire to be musical together.

Suzuki -hmm, problems there. Rabbath offers exercises to practice the crab technique but notes that the scales exercises and fingerings must be completed methov the student can hope to be successful at the crab technique Rabbath,p. There was an error submitting your subscription.