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Re: switching from electric to upright

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Posted by Rich Laird ( on March 27, 2002 at 21:08:58:

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


Like Bob said...these are questions you should be able to get help with from your teacher...that's what you're paying him/her for.

Don't be impatient...give it time and hard work. It won't happen overnight.

Let me take a stab at a couple of your questions...

Best technique for using a bow? People have devoted their lives to this....and still keep trying to figure it out. You can learn as much from Pearlman as you can from Gary Karr.

Where should you're right hand be when plucking? Where should it be on the electric? Depends on a lot of things, doesn't it? Experiment...that's a big part of the learning process.

Many aspects of playing the upright are a lot like playing the electric...especially things like how to negotiate through a set of changes....what to play when and stuff like that. But technique is totally different. People don't necessarily expect mandolin players to play violin, or vice-versa. But somehow people assume that the upright bass is just some kind of variation on the bass guitar - go figure. Beyond the fact that the strings (usually) are tuned the same, the two instruments really don't have that much in common.

You're entring into a whole new world. I hope you enjoy it and become a killer bassist. But don't expect it to be easy - take it a day at a time, listen to your teacher, check out other players, and don't ever stop learning!

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