The Advancing Bassist's Handbook: A Guide to Practicing and Playing the Bass

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“How I wish I could have read this book years ago! It would have saved many hours of practicing which often have had disappointing results for the time invested.”
—Phyllis Young, Playing the String Game and The String Play

The Advancing Bassists Handbook is a concise but thorough treatise on virtually every aspect of practicing and learning to play the bass. This book is primarily designed for intermediate bassists, which usually means ages 14 to 20, but which could be any age from 6 to 80. The purpose of this book is to provide you with much of the basic information that you need in order to become good at practicing the bass. This is the book for you if:

  • You want to learn how to improve rapidly as a bassist.
  • You don’t feel that you know how to practice.
  • You want to get a faster rate of advancement out of your available practice time.
Table of Contents:
Part I — Introduction
Chapter 1 –Why You Need This Book
Chapter 2 – The Psychology of Practicing
Chapter 3 – Organizing Your Practice Time

Part II — The Content of Practicing
Chapter 4 – Helpful Practice Tools
Chapter 5 – Daily Warm-up Routine
Chapter 6 – Practice Techniques and Exercises
Chapter 7 – Improving Intonation
Chapter 8 – Marking Your Music
Chapter 9 – Practicing Without Your Instrument
Chapter 10 – Sample Practice Session

Part III — Advancing Your Musical Training
Chapter 11 – Fingerings and Bowings
Chapter 12 – Bowing Styles
Chapter 13 – Musical Styles
Chapter 14 – Playing Musically

Part IV — Practical Applications
Chapter 15 – Examples from the Literature
Chapter 16 – Troubleshooting
Chapter 17 – Postlude
Appendix 1 – The Bass Repertoire
Appendix 2 – The Science of Intonation

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Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than twenty concerts a year. He appears regularly on the "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" concert series broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country and overseas, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. He performs concertos with local orchestras, and he has also been a member of several orchestras in Texas and Wisconsin, including serving as Associate Principal Cello of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has produced several CDs of his recordings, including his 2007 release of solo cello works by Bach and Gabrieli on the MSR Classics label.

Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at high schools and summer camps, including the National String Workshop, and universities throughout the country. His book, The Advancing Cellist’s Handbook, is now available for purchase through various on-line bookstores. He is a contributing author to Sharpen Your String Technique and to the third volume of Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He has presented papers on cello and on music theory at numerous national conferences, including those of the American String Teachers' Association and the Society for Music Theory. He is also an articles reviewer for the American String Teacher journal. He is past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association, and currently serves as Secretary for the organization as a whole. Dr. Whitcomb served as chair of the instrumental faculty at the La Musica Lirica music festival in Nova Feltria, Italy, from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Whitcomb is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing.

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