Re: Follow-up to choosing an instrument please?

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Posted by John Precious on July 03, 2000 at 16:58:13:

In Reply to: Re: Help with choosing an instrument please? posted by Rob Geerts on July 03, 2000 at 15:43:35:

: 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)

: Bye,

: Rob Geerts


Thanks for the quick response. You are correct in that the sustain I get from the EUB is of the order of thirty seconds for any open string. On the acoustic basses the striking factor was the sharp attack and very rapid decay.

I will persevere and act on your suggestions.

Thanks again - John

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