Posted by Django Pastorius on July 28, 2001 at 15:13:33:
In Reply to: Tips for starting double bassist posted by amit on July 27, 2001 at 22:05:15:
Congratulations. I also took up acoustic bass about 5 months ago. ( I have played electric bass for years).
1) Find a good teacher, because it is important to get off on the right start.
I have a great teacher, who is a pro jazz player and an all around good guy.
He has been most helpful in trying to correct my bad habits and trying to play
the upright like the electric. Especially important, he has corrected my
fingering so upright playing is a lot less fatigueing and easier to play
with good intonation.
Along the way, he has taught me quite a bit
about music theory, dynamics and just plain musicianship. MOst importantly,
he is very patient
2) Buy a best instrument. I am currently renting an instrument with horrible action
and no adjusters. When I get the bread together I will buy a good one. Playing my
upright is work, playing my instructors bass is heaven.
3) Listen to upright bass players - Chambers, Carter, Holland, MItchell - get
their sound in your head.
4) Practive, Practice, Practice - but not so much at first because you don't have
the callouses or the muscles and can actually hurt yourself. Go easy at first.
Took me a bout a month to build up the additional strength to do upright properly.
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