“Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?” is a book devoted to the technique and philosophy of Michael Klinghoffer’s mentor, Gary Karr. This glimpse into Karr’s magical legacy is meticulously laid out in a comprehensive yet playful manner. You will learn many valuable tricks that teachers have only verbalized until now.
For anyone looking for innovative, practical, and inspiring advice on how to approach the bass both technically and musically, this book along with its notated examples, pictures, and instructional videos will offer many valuable lessons and will be a great resource for teachers, students, and performers alike.
The idea to write this 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.