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Posted by jacophile ( on October 07, 2003 at 11:38:01:

In Reply to: jazz snobs posted by humphrey murphy on October 06, 2003 at 13:46:31:

Hi, I play both electric and upright.

I wouldn't describe it as "hostility" but certain jazz musicians resist the idea of taking the electric bass seriously in a "standard" jazz context. Especially a piano trio playing standards. The serious clubs in my town all have upright players. On an fusion job, the electric sound better imho and there is more open-mindeness.

With a fretless and proper strings/touch you can almost fake an upright. Monk Montgomery did. Or you can load up roundwounds on your fretless and go somewhere on electric you can't get to on acoustic like Jaco did.

The electric bass (even fretless) has a different feel than an upright, due to the difference in sound quality,note decay. etc.

My thoughts on the upright vs. electric:

They are two different instruments, technique wise, that accomplish the same purpose. The upright requires much more technique to play cleanly at high speed, but when was the last time you heard an arco on electric. The electric are sisters, but not twins.

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