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For Immediate Release March 24, 2016
Mastering the Bow for Double Bass: Spiccato Edition
Mastering the Bow Volume 2

New York, NY — Carl Fischer releases Part 2 to bass pedagogue Gaelen McCormick’s, Mastering the Bow.

Mastering the Bow, Part 2: Spiccato (BF113 – Score – $19.99) defines, examines, and elaborates on each type and variety of spiccato bow-strokes. Collections of etudes have been carefully selected and presented from the methods of Dotzauer, Kreutzer, Lee, Popper, Bille, Slama, Simandl, Bottesini, Palschko, and Milde. Guidelines are provided for studies, as well as extensive instruction on all aspects of spiccato playing. The book begins with quotes from famous pedagogues Ivan Galamian and Simon Fischer on bass bow technique.

Jeffrey Weisner, bassist in the National Symphony Orchestra, says, "For too long, spiccato and other off-the-string bowing techniques have lacked a systematic treatment for double bass in a single, easy-to-use volume. At last, Gaelen McCormick offers a remedy in this clear, practical book of exercises, instruction, and practical advice drawing on the principles of master string pedagogues."

Mastering the Bow, Part 1 (BF87 – Score – $14.99) is also available.

Mastering the Bow, Part 2: Spiccato is available now through Carl Fischer Music or your favorite music retailer.

Ms. Gaelen McCormick has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic’s double bass section since 1995. Before joining the RPO, she held positions with regional orchestras such as the Erie (Pennsylvania) Philharmonic, the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony. Ms. McCormick has performed regularly with other major orchestras, including the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony. She holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School and Carnegie Mellon University. Teaching the double bass to students of all ages is a significant part of Gaelen’s life. She is on the faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College, Nazareth College and has been the bass instructor for the Eastman Community Music School. Since 2014, she has been organizing and teaching at the Rochester Bass Retreat workshop for double bassists.
       Gaelen has given masterclasses and recitals at Ithaca College, Williams College, the College of St. Rose, and Roberts Wesleyan College. She is a regular clinician at the New York State School Music Association’s Winter Conference and at the International Society of Bassists biennial conventions.

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