Re: upright direction

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Posted by Rich Laird on November 14, 2000 at 13:28:02:

In Reply to: upright direction posted by Al Boroto on November 13, 2000 at 13:38:18:

: hello,

: just got an upright bass and need some direction in what would be a good beg. book and any other resources to check out in the bay area.

: peace,
: al

You really ought to find a good teacher...then go with your teacher's direction as to which books to use, etc.

I live on the East Coast. So, unfortunatly, I can't offer a lot of suggestions as to where you might be able to find someone. But there must be some kind of school - possibly an extension to one of the Bay Area universities - that offers lessons to the public. I have a feeling that if you went straight to a university, it might be kind of pricey for beginning lessons.

Also, local symphony orchestra musicians might know someone with a good track record in teaching bass. Remember that the best playrs don't always make the best teachers.

If you really want to "go it alone", a good book to get started with is called the Evolving Bassist, by Rufus Reed. Rufus Reed is a well-known jazz bassist, so the book is naturally oriented toward jazz - at least more that classical music. But it will give you a good foundation.

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