Keith Hartley’s publications for double bass  

Double Bass Solo Book 1: Reviews

back Tuesday, 19 September 2017  
[Double Bass Solo 1]

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“Excellent book for beginners.”
Customer Review (Amazon[5.0 stars]) 26 April 2017

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“Great little book for a beginner like myself. Nice progression through the positions.”
Customer Review (Amazon[5.0 stars]) 25 Mar 2017

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“...is an excellent book and teaching tool to use with young bass players. I use it to teach all of my bass students. Students can learn all of the basic positions of the bass while also learning and experiencing great melodies from famous and standard classical repertoire. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has just started learning the double bass and to teachers who are looking for a great way to teach students.”
(BW. USA, August 2015)

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“ Ich habe mir das Buch gekauft, um übungsmaterial für meinen Kontrabassunterricht zu habe. Das Buch ist sicherlich eher für Anfänger geeignet als für einen Profi. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad der Melodien steigt im Verlauf des Buches immer weiter an. Die Melodien sind alle sehr übersichtlich notiert und meistens relativ kurz. Ich habe viele Stunden mit diesem Buch verbracht und mein Lehrer hat es auch für gut befunden.”
Kundenrezensionen (Amazon[5.0 stars]) August 2014

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“Great well known and beautiful tunes for double bass. Clear indications of position changes.
My son has just taken grade one and is enjoying it.”
Customer Review (Amazon[5.0 stars]) Jan, 2014

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“ Great book to practice reading. I could read music before, but never had practice in bass clef. I'm also learning to play double bass, and the gradually progressing difficulty of music pieces was perfect for me. It starts off with the first position and not a lot of notes. After a couple pieces it switches to the second position, and denser note structures.
It's more interesting than e.g. a music course handbook, because there aren't any meaningless exercises in the book, every piece is a simple music tune that can stand on its own.”
Customer Review (Amazon[5.0 stars]) Nov, 2012

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“In trying to teach myself to play the double bass I also needed to learn to read the bass clef. After many hours of playing various scales I found this book to be a delightful way to improve my learning and playing. Many of the melodies I recognise which makes for great incentive to play the pieces. The various fingering positions and direction of the bow are indicated where appropriate.”
Customer Review (Amazon[5.0 stars]) April, 2011

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“Very good book with a logical flow from 1/2 position on up the neck. It uses familiar classical pieces simplified, yet challenging, for a great place to start.” (UK, 2005)

Double Bass Solo: Book 1
“Really good choice of pieces covering a wide range. However it is frustrating that there are so many without
piano accompaniment.” (Cirencester, UK)

Double Bass Solo: Book 1: Review by Hans Sturm, ISB, 2004
Keith Hartley has expanded and revised two of his popular double bass books published by Oxford Music.
Double Bass Solo 1 is comprised of fifty familiar classical themes. While a variety of periods are represented, the bulk of the repertoire comes from the Romantic period. Melodies are taken from a variety of sources including vocal works (Bizet Carmen, Verdi Requiem), keyboard works (Bach Minuet, Handel Harpsichord Suite), and orchestral works (Beethoven Symphony no.9, Mendelssohn Symphony no.4). The spacing and layout of the scores is clear and easy to read. The dynamic markings are well placed and leave plenty of space for markings. Introductions of new left-hand techniques, such as shifting into a new position, are indicated prior to each melody.

Hartley has ordered the melodies by successive ascending positions. Each position is described in three ways: by the Simandl numbering method, such as 2nd position; by the number of half steps above the open string, such as third degree; and with a diagram illustrating the names of the notes that are possible on all four strings given the span of a whole step. A circled fingering indicates a shift; that is, the note beneath the circled fingering is the arrival note following a shift. Occasional brackets are used to indicate that one should remain in position and play across two strings rather than shifting back. After the 2½ position, one octave scales and arpeggios in seven major keys, four harmonic minor keys, and three melodic minor keys are introduced. After the 4th position, one octave D and Eb major and two octave E, F, F#, and G major, harmonic and melodic minor scales and arpeggios are introduced. The scales of B major, Bb and Ab minor are omitted. He offers suggested fingerings with some frequency in each melody, but refrains from doing so in the scale and arpeggio sequences.

...The short pieces introduce young students to numerous classic melodies and, when chosen with care, make a refreshing and much needed change of pace to supplement methods with less inspired selections.
Accompaniments for Double Bass Solo is available for 26 pieces from both volumes.