John Kember, David Stark

Double Bass Sight-Reading

A fresh approach
Schott Sight-Reading Series

for: Double bass

Music lesson book

Item no.632379
Author/ComposerJohn Kember, David Stark
Languagesgerman, english, french
Scope104 pages; 23 × 31 cm
Release year2015
Publisher/ProducerSchott Music
Producer No.ED 13634
18.50 €
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (Germany )
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This collection presents 195 carefully graded sight-reading pieces and exercises in a range of musical styles, for solo Double Bass. Taking an approach based on self-learning, the 11 sections of the book focus on developing different key technical skills as well as introducing the student to a plethora of musical terms.

Each section of the book contains solos, as well as Double Bass duets, and pieces with piano accompaniment for practising ensemble sight-reading. Suitable for preliminary, to advanced level students. Part of the comprehensive Sight-Reading series published by Schott and edited by John Kember.


  • Preface
  • To the pupil
  • Section 1: Open strings, pizzicato, forte / piano
  • Section 2: Use of the bow (arco), 1/2 position (first finger). 3/4 time and dotted minim (3 beats). New dynamics: mf and mp
  • Section 3: 1st, 2nd and 4th positions. Key signatures of F, Bb, Eb majors and D minor. Slurs, and further dynamic signs
  • Section 4: Range up to B natural. Keys of C, G and D majors, G and C minors. New time signature of 3/8
  • Section 5: Range of notes extended to D but the keys remain the same. 3rd position is introduced together with triplet figures, further use of articulation and terms of style
  • Section 6: Range extended to G. New keys of A, E and Ab major, F, F# and C# minor. New time signatures for 5/4, 3/8 and 6/8
  • Section 7: Extending the range to B natural. Thumb position. Introducing the Tenor Clef
  • Section 8: Various keys, time signatures and rhythms. Introducing Db and F# majors. Rhythms include ties and some syncopation
  • Section 9: Various styles, keys, rhythms ans syncopations
  • Section 10: Range extends to D. treble clef, 7/4 time and further syncopations and anticipation. Swing rhythms and walking bass. Double flats and chord symbols
  • Section 11: Various styles, keys, time signatures and tonalities