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Posted by Rich Laird on June 13, 2001 at 21:07:26:
In Reply to: Re: new student needs feedback posted by Francis X. on June 10, 2001 at 07:17:01:
: : i've just taken up playing double bass and would like some feedback about; tuning,learning scales, different ways to study technique, etc.
: I have just resumed playing DB(as of this March) after a hiatus of 20+ years,in the last 3 months,I have learned the following:
: 1}Do NOT make the assumption that ability on bass guitar will transfer to the DB.
: 2)DB is a physically demanding instrument;along with small muscle groups,such as the fingers,large muscle groups in the legs,arm and trunk must get used to new tasks,and that takes time and repetition.
: 3)Get a teacher. We all know that a lot of the greatest guitarist were self-taught,but this monster aint no gee-tar. I found mine by asking the music teacher(a violinist)at my daughter's school.
: 4)If you have bought a used DB,have it set up by a luthier-do NOT attempt to do it yourself. If you have not yet purchased an instrument,get a teacher first,and ask him for help in selecting one. Also-there are firms who do nothing but supply schools with string instuments,and will rent you one,with an option to apply the rental to purchase.
: Francis X.
Gotta tell you...I've been playing DB for longer than I care to admit - and also a lot of Bass Guitar over the years. Francis is totally right on with everything he said. This axe is a whole 'nother deal.
A good teacher should help you with everything from where to find a good axe...to how to play it...to how to get that sucker through a revolving door.
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