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    Life Lessons: François Rabbath


    The French-Syrian double bassist considers his unique technical journey, the inspiration he drew from crustaceans, and the benefits of playing a waiting game

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    A meeting of two very different bassists


    The American jazz and funk bassist Steve Bailey plays together with double bassist François Rabbath and his pianist son Sylvain Rabbath at Bavarian Bassdays 2018 in Mühldorf/Inn. 

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    François Rabbath

    François Rabbath was born in Aleppo, Syria into a musical family. Having began the double bass at the age of 13, Rabbath studied at the Paris Conservatoire and began his career accompanying Jacque Brel, Charles Aznavour, Michel Legrand among others. In 1963 he made his first solo ...

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    Double bassist François Rabbath demonstrates his crab technique


    François Rabbath demonstrates his crab fingering system as an alternative to traditional shifting. The double bassist explains in greater detail how to use his left-hand pivot and crab techniques in The Strad’s October 2015 issue – download through The Strad app . Read Rabbath's thoughts ...

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    Left-hand pivots and the crab fingering system with bassist François Rabbath


    The French soloist and teacher advises on how to improve intonation and dexterity on the double bass. From the October 2015 issue 

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    Double bassist François Rabbath performs Reitba


    Double bassist François Rabbath, who features in The Strad's February 2014 double bass special , performs his own Reitba, a portrait of the African desert. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase ...