Looking for help
Preface: I understand nothing can replace the input and feedback from a qualified instructor, however none is currently available in my area.
After years of playing electric bass, I've finally got an acoustic upright bass. Well know I need to learn how to play it. What I am looking for is source material, whether it be book, video or a combination of both that can help me with the technical challenge of playing upright, and provide me with a solid road map for navigating the early stages of mastering the instrument. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank
I can't think of any combination of videos and books that goes through all of the nuances of learning to play any instrument. A DVD series might be an opportunity for someone. There are a lot of YouTube videos. Some of them are great, but there's a lot of trash out there too.
I was going to say that the upright's challenges make it particularly difficult to teach without personal contact, but after I thought about that a bit, I think that's true of all of the instruments I'm familiar with. The bass might be unique in that it might hurt you more quickly than other instruments.
My recommendation is to find a well-experienced teacher whose playing you admire and see if they'll Skype with you. Even a few lessons will make a big difference. Skype's almost certainly not as convenient as being in the same room, but if there's no one close by, that's probably the next best thing.
This is one of the best videos I've ever seen:
Also check out John Clayton's Bass Tips, also on youtube.
I just started watching Clayton's myself. They look excellent.
If an instructor is out of the question, I would begin with the integrity of the bass itself.
It's not an easy instrument, but it should not be painful or very difficult to play. You might
want to describe your initial experience with the bass right here on a forum, and get some
feedback right away. The first thing to do is make sure the bass is playable.
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