Murray Grodner draws on his distinguished career as a double bass musician and teacher in this compendium of performance philosophy, bowing and phrasing recommendations, tutorials on fingerings and scales, and exercises for bowing and string crossing. Grodner addresses technical obstacles in musical performance, offers advice on instrument and bow purchase, and provides a detailed approach to the fundamentals of bass playing. This guide is an invaluable resource for any bassist seeking to improve performance practices.
IA. Critical Analysis of Physical Performance Techniques
IB. Perfecting Techniques Employing Exercises and Orchestral Excerpts
II: Informative Essays for Double Bassists
III. Analytical Phrasing and Bowing for Solo Works
IV. Physical Therapies for Physical Abuses Related to Playing Double Bass
"Murray Grodner’s book is a comprehensive and well-organized guide that is packed with common sense information. It reads easily and establishes a nice balance between printed musical excerpts and cogent verbal explanations. The essay section is especially enlightening and contains authoritative advice on many aspects of classical bass performance. A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practices is eminently sensible and informative, and serves as an excellent resource for classical bassists." —Edwin Barker, Principal Bass, Boston Symphony Orchestra
"Murray Grodner... has distilled more than 30 years of playing and teaching experience into an immensely approachable and useful book for aspiring and practising bassists... I thoroughly recommend this book to all teachers who want to keep learning, and players who like re-evaluating their playing. Its strength lies in the way it encourages us to help ourselves and supports us on our journey as lifelong learners." —The Strad