Well, there are two purposes for me posting this thread. The first, is to find answers to my question; the second, is to have a discussion on the importance of this question (a question that I did not find anywhere else on the forums). So, how should a beginner sound? It matters to me, because currently I have no teacher (though I am working on finding one, it's just that, there is no way I could sit around and NOT want to practice). There are many videos on youtube, and dvds you can buy, that will tell you everything you need to know about how to hold the bass, how to hold the bow, how to strike the string with the bow, how to stop the string with your left-hand, etcetc. But the issue is, all of these videos are professionals and therefore, when they demonstrate the exercises they are telling you to do, they sound really good. On the other hand, a beginner is not going to sound good, even if they do everything that video told them to do. But how does the beginner know if they are sounding like they are because of incorrect technique or because they simply haven't done it long enough, if they have no in-person instruction? I hope you all see that this is an important thing to know. Without this knowledge, it is very likely for the beginner to go on practicing with incorrect technique, and thus, learning some things (perhaps a lot of things) that they will later have to unlearn and start over. This is all, of course, assuming that the beginning player does not have an instructor, and I'm sure some of the responses on here will be to get an instructor. That's all well, but let's just ignore that part for now. So, how should a beginner sound? EDIT: I should also add this: When I am talking about how the beginner sounds, I am thinking of a beginner just learning how to use the bow, and practicing by playing long notes, the full length of the bow, on open strings. Striving for a steady, clear sound, right from the strike of the bow, to the end of the bow.