Re: Learning Jazz Bass

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Posted by Jordan on November 21, 2000 at 10:49:33:

In Reply to: Learning Jazz Bass posted by William on November 13, 2000 at 17:56:33:

If you're set on looking for a teacher, you might want to try a university close by to you if there is one...if they have a jazz program they'll probably have a teacher on the adjunct faculty who could teach you. Adjunct professors usually teach privately outside of school as well.
I teach some and although i don't live in your area, i can tell you the ideal book to get would be The Evolving Bassist by Rufus Reid. You can usually find it in a music store that sells a lot of written music, or u can order it online from
It's a thorough book for beginning players and advanced players (it tells you as much as how to carry your upright on a plane)and even has several passages on electric bass technique. This book would be ideal for you if you already know music theory and how to read. You also might want to think about classical bass lessons. It will help out your left hand positioning CONSIDERABLY. It has in my case, anyway.
As far as where to get an inexpensive upright, the minimum you'd want to pay would be like $1200 or $1300. If u can find an old Kay bass, Englehardt, they run about that much. Be careful how cheap you go get what you pay for :) Cheap or Beginner instruments are many times set up really poorly and are difficult to play. You might need to lower the action. In that case you'll need to find a good repairman. Another thing u might ask at that university. LOL anyway, hope i haven't bombarded you with too much here, good luck!!

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