Re: Help with choosing an instrument please?

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Posted by Rob Geerts on July 03, 2000 at 15:43:35:

In Reply to: Help with choosing an instrument please? posted by John Precious on July 03, 2000 at 13:56:59:

Hi John,

Here's what I thought, reading your mail:
I can imagine that the difference between an upright and an acoustic bass lies in the (fairly easy) sustain you 're getting from your EUB.
Learning to play myself I discovered that after 1,5 year of regular training I started to develop a tone. I play with the whole side of my index finger (in contrast to playing the bassguitar, where I use mainly the tip of my fingers) I use as much "flesh" as I can. I don't know whether you tried it that way.

I found that another thing which is quiet influencial, is the room in which you are playing. My practice - room sounds a bit dull and when I want to fall even more in love with the sound of my acoustic, I put the bass right in front of a flat door Or other flat and hard surface). It reflects the sound tremendously and gives a deep dark colour to it! So you could try to pick different spots to play and try the acoustic.

In your case: maybe you could ask somebody who you know plays the acoustic, to join you and visit the shop together? Let him/her play walk away a bit, listen to the opinion of another?

I wish you succes and I hope to hear from you that you bought one (believe you me: it is the most beautiful hard work one can do: play a doublebass)

Rob Geerts

: I really want an acoustic upright for complexity of tone.
: I spent two hours looking and playing.
: I failed extract any satisfying sounds from virtually all of them
: (playing pizzicato). I didn't think to try them with a bow.
: This manifested itself mainly in what can best be described as
: "Lots of thump, but very little tone" - particularly on the A string.

: Is this due to my (lack of) technique?
: Was I under-exciting the instrument perhaps?

: Could it be cured by "set-up" of the instrument?

: Or is it a mixture of both?

: If set-up, then it will be very difficult to convince a luthier to
: set up every instrument in the shop just so that I can decide
: whether to buy it or not.

: If it is technique (which I suspect) please let me know how to cure it
: as It ought to pay dividends on my EUB also.

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