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Posted by Dino Monoxelos on December 27, 1999 at 05:27:30:
In Reply to: How can I find the notes? posted by Hound on December 21, 1999 at 21:25:16:
: I am an experienced electric bassist. I play both fretted and fretless electric bases. I am now interested in purchasing a double bass. As I prefer not to study with anyone at this time, does anyone know of a book or other information online I can read or access that will help me to determine where to place my hand along the neck to pinpoint the notes. In other words, where does first position end and second position begin, etc...? Playing in tune on this monster can't be easy, but it's a welcomed challenge for me. I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone coul e-mail any helpful information regarding this matter.
The Edouard Nanny book and the Francois Rabbath books are both great books. However I strongly recommend taking lessons before starting off on this endeavor. Here's why... I started off on upright much in the same way that you are and didn't get very far. In fact, I really screwed up my back and my hands because I wasn't playing or holding the instrument properly. This could have been avoided by the aid of a teacher. When I did decide to study with someone, my playing improved tremendously, not to mention I learned the proper way to hold the thing. Playing with a bow is also a big factor in learning the upright, even if you have no intention of playing classical music, playing with a bow will help you in your intonation studies. To answer your question though, there is what is called half position on the upright. It's essentially the same thing as first position on the electric. It's called half position because your little finger will only reach up to the G on the E string. The fingering is like this.. open E, first finger F, second finger F#, fourth finger G. Also, try practicing with a good tuner that has a mic built in. This will show you if your playing flat or sharp. Good Luck with the upright. I hope you fall in love with it as much as I did.
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