Great Bass Practice Book (181 pages)
Arranged for Treble Clef or Bass Clef Notation. Difficulty: Approx. Beginner to Grade 7.
Great Bass Recorder Playing
Practice Book 26: Great Bass Practice Book (Bass Clef) contains over 140 Graded Pieces (130 pages).
Practice Book 27: Great Bass Practice Book (Treble Clef) contains (181 pages).
It is important, when playing the Great Bass, to be comfortable.
A spike, set at the right height, is useful for putting the mouthpiece at the end of the bocal level with your mouth. Many players tum their feet so that their shoes form a platform on which to rest the end of the recorder. A sling is also useful but it should not be used to take the whole weight of the instrument. It should be used in conjunction with a spike or your shoes.
Sit comfortably and bring the instrument to you, don’t bend your body to meet the instrument. Doing so will lead to backache and pains in other areas. Try to keep the instrument vertical and resting on the floor or your shoes. Leaning the instrument to the left, in order to see the music, will put a strain on the left hand thereby restricting the use of the thumb when playing “pinched” notes.
Keeping the instrument vertical may restrict your view of the music but turning the bocal rather than leaning to the right will allow an unrestricted view of the page, top to bottom. It is common for all Bass players, regardless of instrument size, to raise their music stand to a comfortable height. This is natural enough but a clear view of the conductor is required at all times.
The height of your chair is also important but often there is little choice when visiting an unfamiliar venue. A cushion often helps or it may be possible to stack one chair on top of another. The ideal situation, of course, is to take your own chair!
The Great Bass requires more breath than smaller instruments. An attempt has been made in this book to allow for that. Extra breath marks have been inserted, many in brackets. Always take full breaths when playing the Great Bass and try to avoid breathing at the bracketed marks if you can. The faster you play, of course, the fewer breaths you will need!
You will have to shake out the condensation from the bocal frequently, unless your instrument has a tap, but it will need opening and blowing out often too.
Great Bass music is printed in either the Treble Clef or the Bass Clef. If you are reading from the Treble Clef think of the Great Bass as being a very large Tenor! It may also help to think of the Great Bass as being a large Tenor when reading in the Bass Clef though the Bass Clef will have to be borne in mind at all times.
All Great Bass music is written in C fingering. It will help if you think Descant Fingering when playing the Great Bass regardless of whether the music is in Treble or Bass Clef. It will also help if you name each note in your head as you play. Progress is assured if you THINK DESCANT FINGERING!