Re: Upright bass?

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Posted by David Kaczorowski on October 12, 2000 at 15:12:48:

In Reply to: Re: Upright bass? posted by DooGan on October 11, 2000 at 23:16:49:

: I'm gonna have to disagree with the Brewmeister on that comment about the
: double bass be a lot different in every way. I play both the electric and
: the stand-up and I had no problem learning the techniques for both on my
: own. On the stand-up, once you get a feel for where the notes are it's not
: really too much different until you get into bowing, then it's a great idea
: to get a teacher.

I play both as well. I don't want to start a war but the only the two have
in common is that they're usually tuned the same way. One difference is
that you don't play across the strings on doublebass nearly as much as you do
on bass guitar. Doublebass usually utilizes 1-2-4 fingering system in the lower
positions and utilizes the thumb above the octave harmonic. IMO though, the most
important reason for having a teacher is to at least learn how to stand and support
the bass properly. Bad technique here is where one risks injury.

I strongly suspect that anyone who teaches himself the doublebass will have vastly
different technique, most likely bad technique, than anyone who had the benefit
of a good teacher.

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