Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass? | Michael Klinghoffer
Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?
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Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?

by Michael Klinghoffer

The idea to write the book came to Professor Michael Klinghoffer when he was at Karr camp in 2006.          

One day, in Maestro Karr’s master class, his mentor tried to explain something to a student. He tried a few times but it didn't really work. Finally, he took the student's bass and bow and started playing. He wasn’t explaining or demonstrating. He just played the entire movement. It was like a prayer or a similar experience. 

From the very first time he heard Gary Karr in concert his life changed. Studying for four years with Karr changed his views about playing, about music and about teaching. It inspired him and gave him the strength to follow his beliefs and listen to his heart even when he was sailing against the wind.

There was something so unique, almost mystical about that moment at Karr camp, that Michael decided he had to write this book so that more people would know about Gary Karr's special technique and musicality. Since the book and the videos were released, he has learned that there is a continuous interest in Gary Karr and his legendary contribution to the world of music.

This book is his little tribute to this great man and he hopes it will help people in their quest of finding their own voice.


Prof. Michael Klinghoffer

Michael Klinghoffer is the author of “Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?” , a book devoted to the technique and philosophy of his mentor, Maestro Gary Karr.

Accompanying the book are 18 YouTube videos and a DVD (available soon), “For Teachers [NOT] Only”

His repertoire ranges from contemporary music (much of it composed for him) to his own transcriptions that have been published in print and recorded on four CDs. 

Michael is often touring as a bass performer and teacher, as a conductor and is a sought after lecturer. 

Prof. Klinghoffer has earned a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. He has also done Post Doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Professor Klinghoffer has been at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1987, where in addition to his Double Bass studio he also conduced several orchestras, coached chamber music and taught classes on Music History, Aesthetics and Pedagogy. He has  served as Head of the String Department, as Dean of Students (where he created the JAMD Community Outreach Program for which the academy received twice the Council of Higher Education Award), and as Dean of Performing Arts (where he created the Nazarian, Honors in Chamber Music Program). Currently he serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

He cherishes the things in life that he can not  assign a number to, such as values, meaning, creativity and watching the sunrise from his garden. 

As a teacher he believes that teaching is an ART and that the most important role of a teacher is to CONFUSE his students. He loves reading, (he only reads books that he has read before...), and he is a great chess partner (he always loses). He is addicted to running , chocolate and espresso.

He is married to Varda, and they are the proud parents of Allon, Nurit and Yuval. 

Prof. Klinghoffer strongly believes that talent is not a matter of geography. Along with his academic commitments and performing engagements, he devotes much time and energy to working with young people of diverse backgrounds in Israel and all over the world.

© Copyright by Michael Klinghoffer

Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?
Preface by Gary Karr
Chapter One Neutral Gear
Chapter Two Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Chapter Three The Sound of the Pendulum
Chapter Four Shifting Gears
Chapter Five Road Maps
Chapter Six Slalom Driving
Chapter Seven Crossing Safely
Chapter Eight Shock absorbers
Chapter Nine Radar Detectors
Chapter Ten The Timing Belt
Chapter Eleven Cruise Control
Chapter Twelve “Ten books to a desert island” - Selected Bibliography
Chapter Thirteen Appendix I - Scales with fingerings by Gary Karr
Chapter Fourteen Appendix II - Excellence in the Age of Ratings
Chapter Fifteen The Author