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For Immediate Release March 2013

Mastering the Bow: Studies for Bass
Mastering the Bow

New York, NY — Carl Fischer Music welcomes the publishing of a new bass method: Mastering the Bow, Volume 1 - Studies for Bass (BF87 - $14.99). These exercises are based on the violin studies of Franz Wohlfahrt and were edited for the bass by Gaelen McCormick. The goal of this book is to help bassists expand their tonal vocabularies: to learn to make a wide variety of colors and shapes with music. The left hand makes no sound; it is the bow that creates articulations, rhythms, and rises and falls within a phrase. Quite simply, there is no other book out there for string bass players that addresses bow technique in this manner, and Mastering the Bow will greatly enhance the pedagogical repertoire for the instruction of the bass. All bassists should have this as part of their study materials. See a sample page here. For beginning to intermediate players.

Gaelen McCormick has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's bass section since 1995, and has performed often with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony. She regularly performs chamber music at Music in the Mountains, a summer festival in Durango, Colorado. Ms. McCormick was appointed to the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School in 2001 and became the Lecturer of Double Bass at Nazareth College of Rochester in 2010. She was invited by Jeffrey Turner to teach at Duquesne University's City Music Center, a pre-college program, in 2003, which sparked the initial work on Mastering the Bow. As a soloist, Ms. McCormick has performed with the Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic and the Nazareth Orchestra. She has given recitals and master classes at Williams College, Ithaca College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the College of St. Rose. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University, and is honored to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda.

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