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Posted by ben on March 28, 2001 at 18:29:46:

In Reply to: Switch to upright?. posted by Django Pastorius on March 28, 2001 at 12:02:45:

: I am considering taking up upright - I play electric, both fretted and fretless.

: Any thoughts from somebody that has gone from electric to acoustic?

welcome to a different world.
they're quite different instruments though the musical role is similar, if not the same. I think the way you approach music is likely to change as you learn double-bass.
You'll have to learn to play with a bow, which is one of the keys to proper intonation, and might open new musical paths.

The way you pluck notes will change, and your time-feel will have to adapt to the instruments : on bass-guitar, when you pluck, the note is there, on double-bass there is a sort of delay, you have to learn to focus on your attack.
You also have to concentrate on your sound, which is very important.
Otherwise the relationship between instrument and body is very important. You *can* seriously hurt yourself ( back, neck and shoulders, arms hand and fingers) while playing double-bass, more than on bass guitar, especially if you're doing wrong things ( strain, tension etc...). It's physically more demanding, endurance is a thing you'll have to develop.
And there's the general problems of living with a huge and fragile instrument, carrying it etc...

it's another world, but a great one too !!!
advice ? get a good teacher, play with a bow and if you're feeling any pain while playing (apart from blisters ) you're doing something wrong.
good luck

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