Posted by Don on March 17, 2000 at 20:13:07:
In Reply to: On the use of stools while playing posted by griff on March 15, 2000 at 21:06:02:
: I am interested in thoughts, ideas and suggestions folks might have about the advisability of playing acoustic bass, both arco and pizz from a sitting position. I originally learned standing up, but see some advantages to sitting, including the support of the bass, more relaxed position, and facilitating the thumb positions. I am interested in thoughts about this and whether people have found specific seats to be better than others, portability and whatever else.
Personally I prefer to stand. The bass projects better and sounds more full when using it in a non amplified setting, ie, orchestral playing. Sitting usually causes the players legs and stomach to prevent the back of the bass from vibrating and sending more sound through the sound post. Also, my back starts to hurt more quickly and I become tense when I sit I don't know why but I'm more relaxed and comfortable when standing. It's a good idea to have a stool nearby to use between tunes during a long jazz gig or while the winds and brass are being rehearsed.
One sour note on sitting. While I was auditioning for a symphony gig my stool slipped in the middle of a Don Juan excerpt. I've never slipped while standing.
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