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Posted by Marco on November 14, 2001 at 17:39:01:
In Reply to: Re: Ray Brown, Al McKibbon (etc) must have switched to steel strings for a valid reason! posted by DK on November 12, 2001 at 16:45:00:
: : That's true, I agree...too bad that gut strings can be used satisfactorily only for the first octave of the bass...for God's sake, I need some sustain when I play in thumb position, forget it with gut!
: : M
: If you want the notes to sustain, learn how to use the bow.
did you even read my previous post? I said I played at the H. Bowl as an orchestral bassist...I guess I wouldn't have gotten there if I wasn't able to use the bow ;-)
By the way, I was referring to the lack of sustain when playing gut **pizzicato** style...Maybe I didn't understand your point, but I don't think that being able to play with the bow helps you get a more sustained note when *plucking* gut strings...unless you further elaborate on this matter and prove me wrong.
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