Posted by John Buchholz on July 05, 2000 at 11:58:48:
In Reply to: Re: Follow-up to choosing an instrument please? posted by John Precious on July 03, 2000 at 16:58:13:
The previous follow-ups contain good advice. I would only add this: the basses in the prestigious shop you mention were probably set up for orchestral playing-- higher bridge/more dish in the fingerboard/more space between string and board; thus, greater tension in fingered notes, less sustain. Orchestral players want the "thump." Basses set up for jazz/pizz will reduce these tolerances, which will garner more sustain for you. And strings do make a crucial difference. I favor the Thomastic's too; or the D'Addario Helicores (Hybrid or Pizzicato sets.) And then there is conditioning. It takes hand strenghth to get "the sound." You can't just walk in after playing EB, or even EUB and get it. Give yourself at least three weeks of regular conditioning-- several short sessions of playing per day-- better than long sessions-- which can cause repetitive stress injuries. Keep at it. In the words of the Canadian philosopher Red Green, "we're all in this together."
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