Posted by Ed on December 01, 2000 at 13:31:55:
In Reply to: ear training posted by Seavers on December 01, 2000 at 13:09:40:
It's good that yer gonna be starting out with a teacher. My advice is NOT to pencil lines, you don't really want to get caught up in the same "pattern" playing that electric bass engenders.
Some teachers do have there beginners mark with a thin strip of tape the location of G on the E string and D on the G string. That gets you from half to first position and also the octave of the previous open string.
But playing upright is all about using your ears and playing positionally (which is different from playing patterns). So try not to set yourself up to change too many bad habits before your teacher gets into the picture.
After you have tuned the open strings try to get a feel for what right (pizz/bow) hand position gets the fullest sound, or the most volume, or the brightest sound. Play the open G string and try to find the G on the E string, the A string, the D string.
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