I am about as casual a Pearl Jam fan as one musician from Seattle can probably be; though I do appreciate their institution here, and of course their sweet body of work, it's never been my come-to-Jesus band. Anyway, I recently saw them perform and was made aware of their bass player Jeff Ament's apparent affinity for electric upright. What caught me off guard was not that electric upright in a rock setting is at all taboo, but rather that I had studied his form at the show - and during subsequent viewings of the PJ 20 documentary and the supplemental documentary that goes along with their new album, "Lightning Bolt" - and had more or less concluded that he seems to be doing it all wrong; or if "wrong" is a bad word in the context of musicianship and poetic license, then I mean to say, "in the least ergonomical fashion possible." To properly explain a complicated list of different motions he was performing, I would have to say that it appeared as though he were trying to simply play an electric bass vertically...this includes such technique faux-pas as 90 degree perpendicular right hand pizz, plenty of ring finger in his left hand (which also seemed to be playing exclusively in closed-string scale format), an overabundance of left arm position changes that, as far as I could tell, could have stayed in the 0 or 1 position if he'd only just spend some of his millions on PROPER TRAINING! My favorite bit being in the "Lightning Bolt" DVD when, heaving his acoustic upright over his head and marching to the beach, he proceeds to play the bass with the top of the headstock just about reaching his nose, which is of course craning downward with the rest of his face, perhaps to try imagining where the frets would be...(sorta reminds me of every horribly fake jazz combo I've ever seen in the background of sitcoms...) ...BUT of course I don't mean to turn this into a rant, I just want to see if I was alone in noticing this, or how y'all savvy TBers see it.. I wouldn't guess that most of the OG grungeheads were too keen on double bass kinestheology...I guess the idea is that if he gets a sound out of the thing, it'll do.