François Rabbath (born in Aleppo, Syria) is a contemporary French double- bass player, Another technique used by Francois Rabbath is the Crab Technique, named for the way the hand movement resembles a crab’s sideways walking. François Rabbath demonstrates his crab fingering system as an alternative to traditional shifting. In contrast, the New Method of François Rabbath and his followers divides the double bass into six positions and navigates the notes in each of these large.

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Mind you, Simandl has some very wierd ideas on the upper positions where he dispense with fingering the E string, and restricts mfthod on the A to 1 and 2. Rabbath’s major rabvath to the field of bass pedagogy is represented in the three-volume Nouvelle technique de la contrebasse. The fingering for whole step-half step sequence, and for a half step-whole step sequence was both natural and essential to my technique for fifths playing.

Playing the bass with six positions is possible by using a technique called pivoting.

François Rabbath: Bass Pedagogue

In Rabbath’s method, the entire fingerboard is divided into only six positions, defined by the location of natural harmonics on the strings. In my teaching I am going to try to mix it up more. Grancois very well known double bass teachers have gone to Paris to study with him and bring his approach back to their own students. Rabbath left the conservatory on good terms and began to pursue other opportunities.

I find the biggest issue with teaching especially, young students is that you and they are always under the gun to learn the music for the upcoming concert…orchestra or solo.

Coming from a bassist who had no private lessons for most of his bass playing years minus collegeI found that the Dr. It would certainly be very difficult to make signifcant progress in the Rabbath technique using a large, wide shouldered, heavy bass with a straight endpin. One other thing missing from bass books is extension fingering, which was taught to me by John Walton, bass professor at the Royal Academy of Music. But what I can say is that I wish I had had a more bass-specific technical background at a younger age.


I show a bass-pupil the many possibilities of a certain fingering and tell him: Included are two of the most often-performed works in the double bass repertoire: Subscribe to get our weekly newsletter covering the double bass world. This curiosity moved me to spend most of my 45 years on the bass experimenting with and analysing every approach or system I came across.

In Rabbath met the American composer-double bassist Frank Proto. Second, he believed students should learn to play the double bass as soloists, no matter what their ultimate musical function would be Rabbath,p.

Thank you Professor Heath! One will help you more than the other and one may hinder you more than the other. If poor techniques are ingrained at an early age they are almost impossible to fix.

Much of this will be discussed below but it is important to mention here to reinforce that Rabbath, his students, and most importantly his ideas, are still very much alive and progressing today. Also, their school orchestra used a different numbering position than the Simandl book, so I ended up avoiding mentioning position numbers whenever possible. He was born into a Syrian family of musicians but his only instruction came from a book written by a Parisian bassist Edouard Nanny.

On the other hand, they were learning their positions well even if they were bored. I tell my students first of all that the excercises are not designed as great music.

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His blog and podcast are highly regarded in the music world and have been featured as top offerings in the rabath of arts and culture for the past decade. All this came to fruition when in I switched to 5ths tuning, and everything fell into place.


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He divides the bass fingerboard into six positions, based on the natural harmonics of the instrument. Mark Morton books were metuod best to get yourself familiarized with fingerings and the simandl was great once you understood the foundations.

I do the same thing myself. I told him that I have the two Simadl books. In addition grancois these great compositions, Rabbath has also contributed to the recordings available for bass players to listen to.

François Rabbath – Wikipedia

Rabbath believed that once a student had the six positions mapped and understood the fingerboard geography there would be significantly less fumbling for accurate notes and therefore much more music making. Unfortunately it is also impossible to find.

It sounds like your students will be more than prepared for that, Jason. This was a revelation.

Rabbath is liberation of old minded teachers and players. Thanks for the great thoughts on the various bass methods.

Pivots thus enable the fusing of several different positions at once. Retrieved from ” https: Many, too many bassists do their job because they learned by Simandl and their stupid teachers. Sorry for my no correct English, but I listen today to young students which play better and better which one or the other system.

Of course he won the spot and he remained there for 15 years until65 years old.