Developing Vocal Techniques in Contemporary Solo Double Bass Repertoire: A pedagogical approach to developing vocal techniques and coordination in Western classical-contemporary solo double bass repertoire
Name: Cody Takacs Main Subject: Classical Double Bass Research Supervisor: Maggie Urquhart Title of Research: Developing Vocal Techniques in Contemporary Solo Double Bass Repertoire: A pedagogical approach to developing vocal techniques and coordination in Western classical-contemporary solo double bass repertoire Research Question: How can double bassists efficiently learn contemporary solo double bass repertoire requiring the simultaneous use of their voice and playing their instrument? Summary of Results: Due to an exponentially growing number of compositions and a complete lack of pedagogical material regarding simultaneously using the voice and playing the double bass, I have written a method book titled The Double Bass-Voice: A How-To Guide. For this book I have collected, adapted, and organized information from double bass pedagogical resources, vocal pedagogical resources, musical scores, and reflections on past experiences with this repertoire. The book is intended to develop the technique and coordination necessary to effectively prepare solo double bass-voice repertoire. The book is divided into four main sections: “Using the Voice as a Practice Aid,” “Vocal Tools and Techniques,” “Etudes and Exercises,” and “Notation Examples” as well as a database of the solo double bass-voice repertoire. By incorporating the voice as a tool into individual practice, understanding an efficient practice process and fundamental vocal technique, having access to simple etudes to develop double bass-voice technique and coordination in musical contexts, and knowing what to expect in notation, double bassists will be better prepared in learning works for double bass-voice more efficiently. These results will be presented via PowerPoint presentation with musical examples from the method book and select double bass-voice works. Biography: Cody Takacs is a classically trained American double bassist currently residing in The Hague. An avid performer of new music, he has performed with Ensemble Klang, De Nieuwe European Ensemble, Het Metropole Orkest, and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and has appeared in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Venice Biennale, and Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. He has given contemporary solo performances at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Carnegie Hall, several universities and conservatories across the U.S. and Europe, and a lecture/performance on Iannis Xenakis at the International Society of Bassists convention.