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Posted by Rob Gordon on August 31, 2000 at 09:15:31:

I received a Cremona upright (Chinese) last year and embarked on my
upright adventure. After playing for about a year and killing my left
hand, I tried a couple of higher end basses and along with the superior
tone, found that the action was much lower than my Chinese. After
discussion with my local music store, I shaved the bridge down about 1/8"
and greatly improved action and playability. (No work on the nut yet).
I spent most of this year attempting to play upright with guitar-style
left hand positions, but then decided to sacrifice speed for intonation and
woodshed with Simandl's method. My speed will come back through practice.

Questions:
Is there a rule of thumb on string height? I play only pizzacato (jazz)
right now, but will probably add a bow soon.v

At what point should a novice consider a better bass? I can't see a whole
lot of difference in basses in the $600-$1500 range, but do see a huge
improvement in quality once you get over $2000.

Finally, any recommendations on books on jazz technique?

-Rob



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