Music, School of


First Advisor

Dr. Hans Sturm

Second Advisor

Dr. Anthony Bushard

Third Advisor

Prof. Tom Larson

Date of this Version

Summer 7-28-2020


A DOCTORAL DOCUMENT Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Major: Music (Jazz Studies), Under the Supervision of Dr. Hans Sturm. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2020

Copyright 2020 Christian Paul Chesanek


This document is an inclusive method for the double bass and comprises etudes and exercises inspired by Sei Studi (1981/83) composed by the Italian double bass virtuoso Stefano Scodanibbio (1956-2012). The etudes and exercises in the method are based on the analysis of seven categories of harmonic gestures that exemplify Scodanibbio’s “Avant Garde” style. The seven categories, each with its own chapter, feature selected harmonic gestures extracted from the Sei Studi. The seven categories include: 1) natural harmonics, 2) trilled and tremolo harmonic gestures, 3) pizzicato/arco and normal note gestures, 4) mixed normal and harmonic note gestures, 5) artificial harmonic gestures, 6) alternate notation gestures, and 7) harp harmonic gestures. In each chapter, the selected gestures are accompanied by exercises and supplemental musical materials for further application. Improvisation etudes are composed from previous and newly written material, which will serve as catalysts for students to generate their own improvisations.

Advisor: Dr. Hans Sturm