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    Cool I Got A Double Bass

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    OMG what did I do?! This thing is huge and hard to play or even hold and I suck at it.
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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    Well - as somebody who did the same thing a while ago, the really important thing is to play, and play and play - ONCE you have the basic setup mastered. Killer things like getting the height right, and then marking the peg so it's always the same, so muscle memory will get the intonation sorted and reliable. Depending on how good you were on electric bass, you should find transition pretty simple - but painful as your muscles in the left hand will be nowhere near strong enough. Play through the pain. Remember the basic rules - as in the limited things your third finger can do. I don't know what kind of music is your favourite - but play along with it worked magically for me. An hour of random popular big band music worked great for me from Spotify. You know the style, the chords and the end result - and you just go for it, and slowly the accuracy gets better, the brain works out the best fingering and your muscles obey your brain. No easy route bar hard work.

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    Take care of those strings - go price a new set if you need any motivation
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    when I stick out my elbows and they don't bump wood." - Bill Kirchen

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    I can't offer any advice, but I can offer some congrats. So yeah, Congrats. and good luck.

    I love playing bass, but I have zero desire to play double bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Well - as somebody who did the same thing a while ago, the really important thing is to play, and play and play - ONCE you have the basic setup mastered. Killer things like getting the height right, and then marking the peg so it's always the same, so muscle memory will get the intonation sorted and reliable. Depending on how good you were on electric bass, you should find transition pretty simple - but painful as your muscles in the left hand will be nowhere near strong enough. Play through the pain. Remember the basic rules - as in the limited things your third finger can do. I don't know what kind of music is your favourite - but play along with it worked magically for me. An hour of random popular big band music worked great for me from Spotify. You know the style, the chords and the end result - and you just go for it, and slowly the accuracy gets better, the brain works out the best fingering and your muscles obey your brain. No easy route bar hard work.
    Day 3 and already I can find C and not look at where I am, just visualizing where I am on that fingerboard, that's so weird but weirder is how somehow I'm actually finding nearly accurate notes. My favorite thing I fall back on is starting on C and walking up from E to G and A back to C in half steps, the standard bluesy gospel sounding thing that could be supporting a C chord or C to G change with that walk up to G just being a walk up to the 5 on a C chord, but I tend to do that a lot, but shifting it up to the next octave by using the G and D strings is harder since it requires 4 notes - I keep thinking frets, but no open notes so that part of it it harder and I don't know the correct fingering yet so I avoid it since I think I kinda wanna get it right from the start with this thing. I think it's time to make a video.
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
    Take care of those strings - go price a new set if you need any motivation
    the girl who sold it to me said her strings cost $500 and are only made once a year in Germany, I think I'll go with the ones off the shelf.
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    I can't offer any advice, but I can offer some congrats. So yeah, Congrats. and good luck.

    I love playing bass, but I have zero desire to play double bass.
    Thanks It's very cool to feel the sound without any amplification and then that bow makes it much louder, very unique and awesome.
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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    I has also made my bad back much, much better because the right stance for the bass is balanced over your feet, and your core muscles don't have to work the wrong way - so it's therapy too! I made the (wrong) assumption that playing fretless bass a little would help. It really doesn't!
    I found that the real key was root to 5th on first to fourth finger - and once you get that right, the octave falls nicely too. What really was hard was using open strings. I'd not realised what a lazy player I'd become on my 5 string - using a left hand that had access to anything just by going up and down the neck. Suddenly having to USE open strings was hard work - to re-learn. F Major - never a problem on the five string, suddenly because a 'hard' key, as did Ab and Eb - common in double bass type music, and on the 5 string Eb, E or F was just a tone away on the neck. Arco came back to me almost straight way - from those cello lessons when I was 8-15. Something I'd not done for 40 years suddenly came straight back! I have trouble remembering if I had breakfast, yet I can play fine with a bow.

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