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Posted By: GUEST,josepp
06-Apr-12 - 09:56 PM
Thread Name: Bought a double bass today
Subject: RE: Bought a double bass today
I've seen the Upton site many times and it looks like they have a lot of basses. It's a good bass resource website with lots of useful info. If you play left-handed then it has to be set up for left-handed play. Not only does the soundpost have to be moved to the other side but so does the bassbar. They kind of change places, in fact. And those are either glued on or sometimes even carved out of the top as a single piece of wood. So you have to take the bass apart to get that done or even get a new top and it sounds like way more trouble than it's worth.

I didn't know anybody still played 4/4s. 3/4 is kind of the unofficial standard. Mine's a 3/4. 7/8 is the biggest I've seen. I see a lot of guys use smaller ones like 5/8, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 etc. The reason is that you can do fast runs and get up and down the neck way quicker. You just can't do it with a 4/4 or a 7/8. Plus smaller-bodied basses are lighter and easier to store.

Yes, I love playing the bass. People who don't have no idea what they are missing. It's a joy and a challenge. There's so many secrets it has and it is a joy discovering them and learning to use them. In a week, you're doing stuff you never thought you could do. Last March I could only make a scratching sound with a bow. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was out of my league but now I'm playing "The Entertainer" with a bow in front of an audience. It's a lot of sweat and practice but that's why it's worth doing. If any ol' hack could do it without breaking a sweat, I wouldn't bother learning it. Personally, I think it's the greatest instrument ever made.