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Twenty-One Studies: Stories for Solo Double Bass

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Twenty-One Studies: Stories for Solo Double Bass
[Etiudowe oczko: Opowiesci na kontrabas solo]

This book - in both English and Polish - features 21 Etudes for double bass, by Ryszard Kusek. The difficulty level of the etudes is fairly easy, as these etudes are aimed at pupils in the first years. In increasing difficulty, students are introduced to the double bass in the context of small "stories," rather than abstract titles. They are specifically written to promote good habits in the young musician. Each piece encourages the student to engage their imagination in order to employ proper articulation, dynamics, and many other musical aspects. For unaccompanied bass. They employ techniques like spicatto, thumb position, and dynamic control. The glossary includes many important musical definitions and concepts.

Included Selections:

    • What do you see, what do you hear and what do you feel when you're playing?
    • What melody is this?
    • What do you plan for Saturday?
    • What are summer holidays like?
    • What would you like to Happen?
    • What would you like to tell?
    • When may it happen?
    • What is it for you?
    • Why is it so?
    • What is it?
    • Where would you like to be now?
    • Do you have an interesting idea?
    • Where does that road lead?
    • What encourages you most when you are working?
    • Who would you become?
    • What do you learn by that?
    • What is it that you most enjoy?
    • How else can you express that?
    • What will you take from it for yourself?
    • How would you know that have reached that?
    • How would you sum up your work so far?

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  • 5
    Great book for players of all ages

    Posted by Lynn Matthews on Feb 16th 2023

    This is a fun book of etudes that is just the right level for beginner or advanced beginner arco students looking for some supplementary pieces to play. The book is nominally aimed at children, but the passages are musically sophisticated enough for players of any age.

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