The Velsor Bass Method is an innovative approach to teaching beginner string bass students. By focusing on half position, this text allows the student to avoid shifting until a good technique has already been developed. Very often beginner double bassists are forced to start in D major, shifting up the neck to reach the octave D only a few weeks after learning how to hold the instrument. The logic behind avoiding this is that there are enough physical hurdles involved with mastering the double bass, especially as a beginner. This one challenge seems to be the least necessary, which is what lead to the creation of this method.
There is a great deal of emphasis placed on duets from the beginning. This is a difficult challenge for most beginners, but with the proper guidance this leads to the development of a well-rounded musician whose ears are being trained to listen across the ensemble from the beginning. These extra requirements of duet playing early on are intended to give the beginner student a more realistic feeling of what performing music will feel like in a large or small ensemble. Avoiding developing any bad habits, musical or physical, is a big part of what this text seeks to provide.
Though the intention is for this to be used with a beginner, this does also serve as an excellent guide to the half position for students who are not beginners. A student who has learned in D major, shifting from first to third positions, will often need a significant number of etudes in half position before mastering the differences between it and the first position. This text will serve such a student well, and the duets would be a welcome addition to such a student’s training regardless of their comfort in the half position.