Re: Novice

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Posted by George on September 01, 2000 at 23:32:56:

In Reply to: Novice 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

Rob, There are some excellent books on UPRIGHT BASS Jazz technique.

"Ray Brown's Bass Method" and some books by Ron Carter are a few excellent
ones that will give you much to work on. Correct fingering etc.

Most music stores I've seen have these books in stock. I've also found
the Ray Brown book at "Border's" book store. (Enjoy.)

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