Beginning Scales on the Double Bass
with Neil Tarlton
foundation of secure and reliable technique is as essential on the bass
as on any other instrument. We need, and are expected to have the same
degree of accuracy as violins.
Intonation, Intonation, and Intonation!"
'Beginning Scales' covers with astounding clarity the very basics of the
left-hand scale technique. The book is not too long, but shows concisely
how a good left-hand shape and a good shift is the key to perfect intonation
and a beautiful sound. This, coupled with Tarlton's view on how the bow
can help the left hand, gives the book an almost Bible-like status for
players of any bowed string instrument at any stage in their developement.
One particularly useful tip - considering the thumb whilst shifting, and
the distance it should travel (a tone/tone-and-a-half) - has helped many
players I know with their shifting and improved their success rate. Tarlton
encourages players to try many different permutations whilst practising
scales. For example: changing the metre of the notes during a scale, but
not the speed of the bow, over one octave, or starting the scale on the
mediant to achieve an extended scale. There are many examples and this
book really makes the reader think hard about the basics and how they
help us to achieve a really clean sound in the lower registers, where
most of us make a living. To quote Tarlton: 'If you love the sound of
the bass, you'll love scales'. This book really helps novices become professional
in their outlook, and helps professionals remember and appreciate why
they love doing what they do." (from Double Bassist Magazine)
of a scale studies book for all double bass students and teachers! Neil
Tarlton's refreshing approach to, what is frequently deemed a chore
to practice covers all realistic technical aspects needed in everyday
musical life, but without the grind!"
" 'Beginning Scales' is the missing link in double bass teaching. All my students are responding positively, with new students actually beginning to enjoy scale practice and older students profiting from the book, even while saying "I wish I had had this book years ago". Congratulations, Neil, on a marvelously written and produced publication. "The Essentials of Sevcik" is the first truly successful adaption of these violin studies for double bass. Violinists have enjoyed the benefits of these studies for generations. Bassists, at last, will have the same opportunity to hone their bow technique. It really does work." Michael Morgan, Queensland Conservatorium; Professor of Double Bass, Head of Orchestral Studies, Head of Ensemble Studies.
" You have done a service to the double bass, which will have a lasting effect on future playing" Adrian Beers MBE