Talk to me about Double Bass

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 15 Jun 2018, 09:40

Yep. Watch your elbow when you play it might be dropping down which will put a bend in the wrist. You also might not be standing with the bass the right way. Make sure you're not standing behind it and see if you can balance it against your body without holding with your hands - this will take some pressure off. Took me days to get just this right.

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* actually this whole page has good tips...
http://stringtechnique.com/double-bass- ... ition.html
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 17 Jun 2018, 14:15

Thanks for the advice fellaz

I'm getting there, straining mainly just when I'm trying to play octave's a lot for extended periods with a high action and high tension. Once I get a proper setup (strings incoming) I'm sure things will settle down a bit.

I'm still 'feeling out' a new instrument (to me). Part of me wants to be able to replicate a lot of my licks and fast stuff over from guitar/bass to DB, but I'm learning that quite a lot of my licks/habits just don't translate, due to the higher action, fretless nature and occasionally larger scale. Playing a hammer-on followed by a pull-off quickly is proving to be tricky.
I've also managed to answer my own question, "How much rosin is too much rosin?" ;) :lol:

Turns out I have been standing in the right spot, I tried a few different ways, adjusted the height a few times to find what feels comfortable. So far, playing with the "nut" at eye level seems to feel right. I have to work on keeping my elbow up for the parts where I'm stretching a lot.

My Anima's must have been in the same batch as you Vin.
Golli replied to my msg and told me they're getting a new batch in, and should be sending them out to me soon.
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 17 Jun 2018, 14:20

Wow that's weird.

We might end up with 2 sets :peep:
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 18 Jun 2018, 10:10

slave wrote:
17 Jun 2018, 14:15
Thanks for the advice fellaz

I'm getting there, straining mainly just when I'm trying to play octave's a lot for extended periods with a high action and high tension. Once I get a proper setup (strings incoming) I'm sure things will settle down a bit.

I'm still 'feeling out' a new instrument (to me). Part of me wants to be able to replicate a lot of my licks and fast stuff over from guitar/bass to DB, but I'm learning that quite a lot of my licks/habits just don't translate, due to the higher action, fretless nature and occasionally larger scale. Playing a hammer-on followed by a pull-off quickly is proving to be tricky.
I've also managed to answer my own question, "How much rosin is too much rosin?" ;) :lol:

Turns out I have been standing in the right spot, I tried a few different ways, adjusted the height a few times to find what feels comfortable. So far, playing with the "nut" at eye level seems to feel right. I have to work on keeping my elbow up for the parts where I'm stretching a lot.

My Anima's must have been in the same batch as you Vin.
Golli replied to my msg and told me they're getting a new batch in, and should be sending them out to me soon.
:rollno:
Stop playing octaves!

But seriously. The thing about upright is it has so much presence, you don't need to play many notes. Minimalism is a good thing. ;)
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 18 Jun 2018, 19:13

What's minimalism?

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 19 Jun 2018, 09:37

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism

Playing less notes on purpose. Ie. "Less is more". Miles Davis once famously said...
It's not the notes you play, it's the notes you don't play.
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by maxgroover » 19 Jun 2018, 10:31

That reminds of a conversation between Miles and Coltrane:

Miles: "Why do you play so many notes?"

Coltrane: "I don't know how to stop."

Miles: "Just take the horn out of your mouth."

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 05 Jul 2018, 20:10

yeah I was being sarcastic there blokes. tee hee

Got my anima's, despite ordering them back in May (sigh), and yet they forgot to send the new bridge.
Gollihur aren't exactly filling me with confidence to buy from again....

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 05 Jul 2018, 20:19

Ah dang. The shipping wasn't his fault. USPS stuffed up and lost mine as well.

.. and BTW he's out of pocket for both those orders.

Mine have landed in Australia :) … Finally
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 06 Jul 2018, 09:38

Mine arrived today FYI.

Feeling sick all of a sudden.... might have to go home - cough cough -
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 07 Jul 2018, 16:08

Got em on the bass yet Vin?
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 08 Jul 2018, 15:43

Ooh yeah. Just strung em up then. They're comfy! The big fat D and G are easy on the fingers.

Interesting difference with the Spiros. A bit darker but seem to make my bass bloom a bit more with the lower tension. Maybe it's just that I can dig in a bit more. Interestingly, the action on my bass is prob more suited to these guys than the higher tension Spiros.

I like em!
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