Torturous Exercises for the Double Bass

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Torturous Exercises is a collection of thirty extremely demanding "calisthenics" for bass. These exercises were collected from teachers, adapted from other instruments, or newly created over a period of twelve years. They are not etudes. They make no attempt to make melodies or music. Because most musicians have limited practice time, these exercises were designed to help the player progress as quickly as possible by gleaning the most benefit from precious practice time. As a result, this is a compilation of exercises that really focus on a particular technical challenge, distilling it down to its essence. In fact, each exercises is prefaced by the purpose of the exercise, clearly stating the skill a player can expect to acquire by studying any given exercise. These 32 pages include two or three exercises each for tone, vibrato, left hand velocity, shifting, on-the-string bow strokes, off-the-string bow strokes, staccato, string crossing, and miscellaneous exercises.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBasso Profòndo Publications
StatePublished - Jan 1991


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