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Learning the upright bass


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Ive been playing electric bass for about 9 years now. For roughly the last 3 years Ive wanted to learn the upright bass. About 3 weeks ago I decided that I was going to take the plunge and get an upright.

 

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Getting into an upright bass is not an inexpensive thing to do. Sure you can rent a bass for about $65 a month with a $500 deposit, but why toss down the deposit if you can avoid it?

 

What Ive done is found a decent student level bass for what I consider a great deal. I did take some risk buying on eBay without playing the instrument first, but I am comfortable with the level of risk involved. While the seller has little feedback history he answered emails quickly and a few local double bassists I know said I should go for it.

 

I do know a couple of upright players here in town and have found a teacher. The fact that the violinist in my band plays with a few local symphonies really helps (shes on the Houston Symphony Orchestra sub-list and gigs with them regularly).

 

The plan (ahh plans) is to take lessons and actually learn the instrument & theory. Ive been working on my reading for the last few weeks and it is coming along fairly well.

 

Here is an eBay picture. Ill post up a few more after I pick the bass up tomorrow.

 

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Congrats, NUTT--you won't regret learning URB...

 

Yes, Immediately take lessons (absolutely mandatory to learn how to hold your new lover--err--bass..).

 

I suggest learning from the F. Simandl "New Method for the Double Bass" book--this is an excellent book to learn positioning (and sight reading as well.)

 

 

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Getting a teacher, even for the short term, if necessary, is very important. Getting the fundamentals right can be critical, not establishing good habits right off can limit your growth as a player (speaking first-hand). Simandl is the classic, and is useful if you have a teacher- it's not a DIY book. I have found some books/DVDs that are pretty darn good if self-instruction is a must.

 

 

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Congrats, NUTT--you won't regret learning URB...

 

Yes, Immediately take lessons (absolutely mandatory to learn how to hold your new lover--err--bass..).

 

Getting a teacher, even for the short term, if necessary, is very important. Getting the fundamentals right can be critical, not establishing good habits right off can limit your growth as a player (speaking first-hand).

 

Thanks for the advice, it will be followed.

 

I have done quite a bit of reading on the DB forums @ Talkbass and Bob's links page. As hard as it might be, I don't plan on even touching the bass until I've had my first lesson.

 

I'm going to try to schedule that lesson for Wednesday of this week though so I should be okay.

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Cool, Nutt! I had an EUB for about a year, and just decided it wasn't for me and that I should just really concentrate on electric bass instead. But that's me...glad you're making a stretch into something new!

 

Dave

 

Old bass players never die, they just buy lighter rigs.

- Tom Capasso, 11/9/2006

 

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I got the new fish home. Understatement of the evening: I have no idea what I'm doing with this thing.

 

I'm excited about my first lesson (although it isn't yet scheduled).

 

Anyone have any idea what the strings are? I'm guessing Helicore Orchestra by the silks, but as that is only an uneducated guess.

 

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