This is a guest post from German bassist Andreas Wiebecke-Gottstein. Learn more about Andreas at his website www.probass.de. Enjoy!
„Do you know Thoedor Albin Findeisen?„ – „ Findeisen? – Isn´t it this guy who has written this
double bass method!„ So, in any case, most double-bass players and double bass learners will
answer to this question which was put some years ago by Prof. Fritz Massmann to the PRObass
music publishing house and pushed with it a process which leads, in the end, to the heading of
this article. Massmann, in the meantime, more than 80 years old, was a professor for double bass
in Trossingen, Germany, and is also active even today for his instrument without playing it even
Nearly no one still knows that Theodor Albin Findeisen has written beside this method also solo-
and chamber-music for double bass. This happened also to Findeisen his colleague Franz Si-
mandl whose double bass school is likewise still used while his other works for double bass are
as unknown, however, even among bassists. The reasons for this can ´t be cleared with this artic-
le. Here should be reminded, above all, of the work by Findeisen.