Best height (DB FORUM THREAD)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Kuk, Sep 15, 2013.


  1. Kuk

    Kuk

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    Hey,
    I am a starter and little person 5,6 ft.
    What is the best height setting for the basse?
    Now my head is even with the nut of the strings.
  2. butler

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    The best height to play easily is the same height when you stand as when you have it on you lap, sitting down. The best height to look cool is just below the belt. The best height for jazz is just below the chin.
  3. Kuk

    Kuk

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    @butler,
    do you mean chin at the height of the string nut?
  4. butler

    butler

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    Not really. Sit down on a chair and play your bass. Tighten or loosen your strap, so that your bass is in the same height on your body when you stand up, as when you sat down. Use this position if it suits you. If you want it lower, then thats ok. Just keep en the height thats lets you play comfortably without hurting ur fingers :)
  5. groooooove

    groooooove

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    i think thought this was a BG thread..

    i love when they wander in accidentally.

    i believe i remember hearing something like the nut should be even with your ears, or something like that? (some sort of rule about the tuners, or nut, or whatever, being even with a part of the face.)

    but everyone is different, and every bass is unique, so feel free to experiment and find what works for you.

  6. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    Start out with the nut level with your eyebrows when standing.
  7. MattZilla

    MattZilla Supporting Member

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    The chin thing's a joke. A lot of jazzy bassists hike the bass up very high/as high as it will go- with the body of the bass being, relatively, quite close to their chin.

    Put it where you're comfy with it being. It often takes as many years to find its perfect spot as it takes to gain proficiency playing.

    ...and then a year later you adjust the strap two inches and proclaim that NOW you've got it right.
  8. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    Matt, oh Matt...this is the double bass forum...
  9. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan

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    There should be a "best of lost BG forum member replies" thread.
  10. ole Jason

    ole Jason

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    I like F# at my eyebrows. Height can vary quite a bit, make sure you can play comfortably with good posture and you'll be fine.
  11. skychief

    skychief Gold Supporting Member

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    This is a good "ballpark" point that was suggested by my teacher.

    Then you can adjust to your preference.

    I wound up lowering the bass slightly because I play mostly first position.

    A thumb-position guy might want it higher.

    YMMV
  12. carl h.

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    I go by where the bow meets the string, not where the nut is. I adjust the endpin so I am not reaching or leaning, my arm/bow falls comfortably into position.
  13. butler

    butler

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    I see what happened here.
  14. carl h.

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    It happens, but the philosophy is the same - your seated and standing position should be approximately the same. No reaching or contorting to play on either upright or BG - seated or standing.
  15. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    +1 I have short arms and this works best for me.
  16. relacey

    relacey

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    I just started spending more time with the bow and I dropped my height by 2". Now that I'm used to it I like it, plus the pin is now the same distance out whether I'm standing or seated. Makes it easier to move back and forth,
  17. bejoyous

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    This is how I start bass students.

    Stand with the back of the bass in front of you. Adjust the endpin until the bottom of the back of the scroll is resting on the top of your forehead (hairline).

    When you are in playing position and in 1/2 position, the index finger should be pointing at your ear and your bow should fall in the sweet spot between the fingerboard and bridge.

    Adjust from there to accommodate for variations in arm and torso length.
  18. carl h.

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    What if their bass is the wrong size for this formula?

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