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Bass School

Volume

Bass Part
Revised Edition

@ 2002, 1999 Dr. Shinichi Suzuki


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FOREWORI)
This volume of Suzuki Bass School is the product of years of research conducted by
various double bass teachers of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

In the past few decades, a significant number of teachers of young bassists have chosen
to initiate leffhand instruction at the neck block. Many other teachers prefer the more
traditional method of beginning instruction at the first position. This revised version of
Suzuki Bass School, Volume 1, is designed to accommodate both approaches.
The optional repertoire marked A-F is presented for those who wish to begin the lefr
hand pedagogy at the neck block. For those who prefer the traditional approach and for
those who have completed the optional unit, instruction should begin or continue with
the "Twinkle Variations" in first position.

-The

Bass Committee of the Suzuki Association of the Americas

INTRODUCTION
FORTHE STUDENT: This material is part of the worldwide Suzuki Method of
teaching. Companion recordings should be used with these publications. In addition,
there are piano accompaniment books that go along with this material.
teacher, a great deal of
ongoing education is required. Your national Suzuki association provides this for its
membership. Teachers are encouraged to become members of their national Suzuki
associations and maintain a teacher training schedule, in order to remain current, via
institutes, short-term programs and long-tenn programs. You are also encouraged to

FORTHE TEACHER.. In order to be an effective Suzuki

join the International Suzuki Association.


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recommend you ask your teacher for his or her credentials, especially those relating to
training in the Suzuki Method. The Suzuki Method experience should be a positive
one. where there exists a wonderful, fostering relationship between child, parent and
teacher. So choosing the right teacher is of the utmost importance.
In order to obtain more information about the Suzuki Method, please contact your
country's Suzuki Association; the International Suzuki Association at 3-10-15 Fukashi,
Matsumoto City 390, Japan; The Suzuki Association of the Americas, P.O. Box 17310,
Boulder, Colorado 80308; or Summy-Birchard Inc., c/o Warner Bros. Publications,
15800 N.W. 48th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33014, for current Associations' addresses.

CONTENTS
Introduction...........
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TWinkle, Ttvinkle, Little Star Variations, S.

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Lightly Row, FoIk Song

Song
May Song, Folk \ong........
Song of the Wind, Fotk Song
O Come, Little Children, Fotk Song
Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Folk

TWinkle, Tkinkle, Little Star Variations, S.

.................. 6

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7
8

Suzuki

Song
Go Telt Aunt Rhody, FoIk Song
Chatter With the Angets,5piritua1...............
Song of the Wind, Fotk Song
May Song , Folk iong........
French Folk Song, Folk Song .......
O Come, Little Children, Fotk Song
Lament, Bohemian Fotk Song
Perpetual Motion, S. Suzuki..
A[egretto, S. Suzuki
A[egro, S. Suzuki
The Little Fiddle, German Folk Song

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