Posted by Rich Laird on September 28, 2000 at 16:01:47:
In Reply to: Re: left handed plays right posted by David Kaczorowski on September 17, 2000 at 13:09:01:
: You can't do anything with the bow because you need a teacher.
I see where some people are unhappy with David because he is so convinced that a teacher is essential to your success in learning to play the double bass. Having played both the double bass and electric bass myself, I can only agree with him. The double bass - especially when it comes to using a bow - is simply not as intuitive as the electric bass. I don't know how else to explain it, but that's the way it is.
I think you will also find that the double bass requires much more diligence, patience, and just plain arm-busting hard work. Do you play a fretless electric? If not, I would be willing to bet that most of what your doing - even though you say that your doing OK with pizz - is kind of out of tune. With a bow, you will hear your pitches much better. Once you really start hearing the pitches, you will begin to appreciate what it takes to start to play really in tune.
I'm left-handed myself. I never attributed anything I could - or could not do with the bow to being left-handed.
The man's right - GET A TEACHER
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