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Posted by George on January 16, 2002 at 08:56:02:
In Reply to: Re: Acoustic Bass Method Books for a 9 year old student posted by gael on January 13, 2002 at 10:25:18:
Thanks very much for all the information on methods and method books. I will look for Bass is Best and a few of the others.
I am a bass player and have been playing for about 25 years. I play mostly weekend work now (in southeastern Pennsylvania in the US.)
I do not play piano, but have access to piano players.
My biggest concern with Nathan is that his hand is small and so when playing in the 1st position, he must move his hand out of position (slightly) when playing E to F# or vice-versa. I was always taught to keep my left hand stationary when playing within a position, and that's what I started to teach him. The problem is intonation suffers. I am now telling him to "use his ear" and to move his hand out of position as needed in order to play in tune. He is doing this well and his intonation is excellent, but now I fear that his technique will suffer down the road.
I know other bass players around town (in the Philadelphia area) and am considering taking Nathan to one of these players for a "second opinion" to see what they think of his technique, stance, etc.
Also, the 1/4 size bass that he is playing doesn't seem to "lay" properly against him, again because of his size. But maybe it's just fine and I need to relax with it.
There are other issues that I have with his stance, but I probably could spend the whole lesson that I give him correcting body parts that really don't need to be corrected at this time.
Again, thanks for all your advice. I will look for the bass books.
I assume you play professionally. Where are you located? How long have you been playing?
George (and Nathan)
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