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Thread #134838   Message #3218286
Posted By: GUEST,josepp
04-Sep-11 - 10:16 PM
Thread Name: Bought a double bass today
Subject: RE: Bought a double bass today
There's nothing like well-played double bass. Someone in your choir should learn it but it is a BIG commitment. It's a good year's worth of lessons before you can even handle the easy stuff. And it takes practice and it takes a lot of memorization.

For example, bass chords consist of a triad played consecutively and you have to know every position go up the neck in sharps and back down in flats. You have to memorize the triads because you have to know before you play the note, which note it is you're going to play and where it is. You can't do it on the spur of the moment. So you have to drill yourself constantly. Then there's the strokes with the bow. You have to memorize each and every stroke--not just the notes--like a kind of graph or flowchart in your mind. If you're even a little bit late or early with that bow, it sticks out like a sore thumb and even the most untrained ears will know you just screwed up.

So much effort has to go into good bass-playing that you wouldn't believe it. It has to be one of the hardest instruments to learn. You can pick out a little ditty here and there by yourself but to be truly good, you have be trained by someone who has already mastered it and you must know how to use that bow.