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Beyond the Classroom

Robert Black



Robert Black, associate professor of double bass in The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, talks about his teaching responsibilities and the bass program at Hartt; his musical education (including his study at Hartt) and his evolution from band to classical to primarily contemporary.

Black discusses the role of the bass historically; great virtuosi on the instrument; its adaptibility to contemporary music; new techniques on the instrument; and the evolution of fingering and bowing technique. He also talks about how to approach to new music, as listener and performer; experiencing the new in order to grow.

Robert Black
associate professor of double bass, The Hartt School

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