Posted by surreal on April 27, 2001 at 07:34:24:
In Reply to: Re: @ questions from a new upright player posted by Bob Gollihur on April 26, 2001 at 07:12:56:
Maybe you should try to approach it as a whole different instrument. Its similarities to the electric are really quite few. As far as I am concerned, they are each totally unique and need their own sets of practice habits from you, if that makes sense...
My bass sat around a lot for about a year before I finally started playing it with any real consistancy, basically because it is SO easy NOT to play it. Electric just seems so much easier, more convenient, etc.. I hope you do not let go of your 3/4 though. I'm 5'3" and play a bass that is something between 3/4 and 7/8 size - proof that it can be done!
There is a fellow by the name of Steinberger who makes an electric upright bass that has the scale of an electric bass. It's odd at first to play, but the tone on the one I played was incredible. I have several friends who love theirs and say they are beautiful...that Steinberger is not only a maker but an artist. They're a lot smaller than the real thing too. I'm not sure how expensive they are...Bob G could probably hook you up. :)
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