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Posted by Bob Gollihur (188.8.131.52) on March 26, 2002 at 14:48:46:
In Reply to: switching from electric to upright posted by andrewbass on March 26, 2002 at 13:40:29:
: this week im renting out an upright bass and begining lessons. I am a fairly addiquate electric player and I was wondering if I could get some words of wisdom. Here are a few questions.
: 1. What is a good technique when using a bow
: 2. how do you apply rosin
: 3. Where should my right hand be when plucking to get the best sound
: 4. how much should I spend on a bow when Im just starting out
: 5. what are some good excersizes to build proper tehnique
: any help is appreciated
Virtually all those questions should be addressed by your teacher - mere words are not adequate to explain the subtleties and variations of both arco and pizz, techniques and positions.
Those that can be answered to some extent:
Rosin should be applied sparingly, and by gently drawing the bow across the cake- and pay the extra few bucks to get a better rosin (Carlsson Swedish, Kolstein...)- it will be well worth it.
Bow choice will be based on your budget and musical intent. Whatever you do, if you get a Fiberglas bow (under $100) be certain it has real horsehair- the guy who invented the artificial hair should be strung up with it. And I've found some decent wood bows for not much more than the Fiberglas ones, so they are out there.
Use your teacher's wisdom and experience to your best advantage.
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