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Thread #134838   Message #3305140
Posted By: GUEST,josepp
09-Feb-12 - 08:52 PM
Thread Name: Bought a double bass today
Subject: RE: Bought a double bass today
According to Brun, Manoly was the one that started the German bow thing in this lineage. Not sure what Simandl used but Manoly made the German bow almost mandatory.

I bought a Wenzel Hause instruction lesson booklet from Germany. They sent me two so I gave one to my instructor. he said it has excellent bow exercises that are also great for two-finger pizzicato and he was in need of good two-finger lessons and now has them.

I now take lessons exclusively at my instructor's house and find it a far better atmosphere. BTW my recital of "The Entertainer" went well. I felt very good after it was over--that feeling you get when you pulled it off flawlessly in front of a crowd. Of course, playing the coffehouse circuit for years certainly helps overcome jitters.

I'm getting better. I can feel myself getting better. I'm doing things now that I couldn't do last year. In March, that will be my first year playing and I've learned so much but it isn't even a millionth of what there is to learn.

My instructor showed me some photos of Bob Gladstone since I couldn't find anything on the internet. I thought he was strictly a classical player. One photo showed Gladstoner in a jazz trio. I thought I knew who the pianist was. It took me a second and then I said, "Isn't that Leonard Bernstein on piano?" My instructor said yes, that when Bernstein formed his jazz ensemble, he practically begged Glastone to be his bassist.

Gladstone died back in the 90s. I asked my instructor what happened to Mr. Gladstone's bass. "Some guy on the West Coast has it. A young black guy--can't remember his name."

"Christian McBride?"

"No, he's younger than McBride. Can't remember his name but somehow he got the bass. That bass has belonged to a lot of prestigious players even before Mr. Gladstone got it. He told me once that it was worth a half-a-million dollars."

"So how did this guy on the West Coast get it then?"

"I don't know how he managed it. The bass didn't end up with me, that's all I know,"

How does that happen?