Any Chromatic Fantasy Method for Beginner and her DIY double bass

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Layla Osman, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Layla Osman

    Layla Osman Guest

    Dec 24, 2014
    Hi all ,

    I am totally beginner to double bass playing and I started to build a upright bass when I watched Nills Pedersen while playing Chromatic Fantasy. I even dont know how to describe playing without bow.

    I want to know is there any method or tutorial teaching how to play that music ?

    I learned that Jaco Pastorius tab is not usable at contrabass and there is a different technique but I dont know what it was. May be using the right hand fingers.

    By the way , my fingers are short and weak and my shortest - right end and left end - fingers are so short and weak. Can I still play bass ?


  2. Find a good teacher where you live or watch tutorial videos on YouTube. Learning the Double Bass takes a lot of discipline because of it's techniques. The Double Bass is nothing like the electric bass at all and you shouldn't expect to be able to play such a demanding piece like Chromatic Fantasy right off the bat. NHOP is a great virtuoso and he even said that it was difficult to play on the Double Bass. So, I would suggest learning how to play the Double Bass first of all.
  3. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Los Lunas, NM
    Hi! I enjoyed feeling your enthusiasm in your post! Most definitely enjoy what you are doing,
    but also, as mentioned, get some instruction so as to not injure yourself and also to not pick up
    any bad habits.

    Here is a link to one online double bass instructor that I've seen and used
  4. mrLahey


    Jan 23, 2013
    Make sure to use the exact same fingerings that jaco uses on upright. This will hiply build up left hand speed. If you start to feel tight, keep going! This means you're doing it right. As far as the bow goes make sure to lock up the entire right arm and squeeze as hard as you can!
  5. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    In opposite world, maybe.
  6. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Checking in.
  7. mrLahey....I'm sure you were trying for sardonic but your post comes across as pretty mean spirited. Th OP is obviously a novice looking for some help. Pretty sure your "bon mots" will sail right over his head. If you actually believe what you posted, well then, you have my deepest sympathy.........
  8. LOL mrLahey ...drunk again?

    OP I highly suggest learning to crawl on DB, before you learn to walk.
    And then, before trying to run faster than any human ever ran before... ever... Learn to play it slow as molasses. And then go to town building up tempo, until your fingers explode. :D
  9. Bisounourse


    Jun 21, 2012
    Gent, Belgium
    To answer the questions of the OP:

    - Yes, you can learn this, but it will take some time (as in years, not days or weeks),
    - the tabs for Jaco bassline are written for a BG (Bass Guitar), which is a different instrument,
    - about your fingers; no worries, I have small hands myself (most women always get egoboosted when we compare hands, because mine are always smaller), but I can still play the DB; bottom line it's all about a little bit of talent and a lot of practice.

    Like the others have said: get a teacher to show you how to play the DB.
    DO NOT START ON YOUR OWN with some Youtube-video, it can be tempting, but it can cause bad technique.