Double bass, how to get started?

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Double bass, how to get started?

Post by narcdor » 02 May 2018, 14:23

Hey brains trust, how does one go about starting in double bass? I want to take a couple lessons and decide if I want to go ahead with buying one, they take up a lot of space you know! Can I rent one? Should I just get a couple lessons and see? Do teachers have one for students to use? Go!
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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by maxgroover » 02 May 2018, 15:12

What style of music do you want to use it for? The teacher you choose should depend on the style of music you play. Also, the type of upright you buy and how you set it up will also depend on the type of music you want to play. If you know any upright players who play the style you want to get into, then hit them up for advice.

Other Melbourne based forum members will be able to guide you on teachers, luthiers etc. But Ben Puglisi seems to be very well regarded and his business is based in Melbourne (http://www.atelierpuglisi.com/) He has a range of uprights too from starter instruments to those you would trade your house for lol!
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Post by slowlearner » 02 May 2018, 15:52

^Ben is great. He and all his staff are very helpful. You'll need more than a couple of lessons to really start to get on top of it.
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Post by narcdor » 02 May 2018, 16:05

So start with lessons then, will I need to buy one?
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Post by slowlearner » 02 May 2018, 16:23

I think yes. You could try an electric upright to start with. Once you get on top of that, then sell it and buy an acoustic. I will warn you though, it's an adjustment. Finger strength and intonation are the big things. After playing upright, electric feels like a toy and regular guitar feels like a cheap ukulele. Both strength and intonation will take you proper practice to get on top of. Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam said he was practicing an hour a day and for the first week or so he could only manage 15-20min before his hands got too tired. Intonation is a rest of your life challenge. I'd suggest learning how to bow, but not everyone wants to do that.
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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by pjm » 02 May 2018, 20:08

I'm going to encourage you not to take up double bass unless you're wanting to play rockabilly. There have been many ozbass members take up DB through the years only to sell them off.
I've been playing DB for about 18 years and i remember starting out, it was tough. i had the privilege of studying music/ electric bass full time and had the opportunity to have DB lessons, put in serious practice time and make a fool of myself at jazz jams. Also no family commitments and only working casual.
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Post by packrat » 02 May 2018, 20:18

However there’s much less temptation to get many of them. :)

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Post by narcdor » 02 May 2018, 20:29

I fully expect that I won’t take to it and I don’t have enough time to become fully proficient or even competent, but I would like to give it a go. Chance of success maybe 15% at this stage.

Styles I’m wanting to learn something like starting out on country and eventually maybe like chill cool jazz.

If I have to buy a double bass I’ll probably look to buy from here and sell here when it doesn’t work out :lol:
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Post by vin-tone » 02 May 2018, 22:00

I reckon bite the bullet and buy one. Some teachers will have spare basses but I'll wager most don't.

Keep your eye on gumtree. Good instruments pop up there. Budget about 2k.
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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by narcdor » 02 May 2018, 22:10

Well there’s one on here now actually... just a little short on funds for it at present.
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Post by packrat » 02 May 2018, 22:35

Oi. Get away from that :p

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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by BassLine » 02 May 2018, 22:47

I love DB. I see myself as a pro electric bassist and an amateur DBist. If you're cool with that then you'll really enjoy it for fun.

I just pick easy tunes in easy keys and have fun jamming/performing with friends. I can sing & play bass OK, but I find it much easier lead singing while playing simple DB lines.

I kept putting it off for years because I didn't have time to become a pro at it, Turned 40yo and told myself it's now or never. It's heaps of fun coz I'm learning stuff I love at a speed I can manage and not driving myself to do it. Good times!
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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by slowlearner » 03 May 2018, 17:36

pjm wrote:
02 May 2018, 20:08
I'm going to encourage you not to take up double bass unless you're wanting to play rockabilly.
Sorry, but this just isn't true. There are a host of genres needing upright players and not enough people who play upright.
Classical, Musical theatre, Country, Blue grass, Dance bands (polka etc), Swing, Blues, Folk, Gypsy and eastern European ethnic music, acoustic duos and trios, roots, the list goes on...

Most of these sorts of music require "farmers corner" all night. Repetitive and not too hard to play. Some require reading and bow work. I played upright professionally and only played 2 or 3 rockabilly songs in one swing band. The rest was a variety of other things.

Jazz is a different thing altogether, but you don't have to play it.
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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by vin-tone » 03 May 2018, 21:39

^^ +1 - there's no shortage of work for an upright player.
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Re: Double bass, how to get started?

Post by packrat » 04 May 2018, 22:15

Well, let’s see how I go. At least I’ve got space to store it in a music room whee i can play it.

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