Hello all! I'm not sure as to if this is the right forum of the DB half to be posting this in, but if I am wrong, I will accept any chastisement. As long as you are gentle. Anyways, I am finally going to start playing in orchestra this year, and I'm slightly ashamed...I'm going to be a sophomore in college, and well, I figured I'd best borrow a DB for the summer. The time-frame of "summer" soon became the last 2 weeks before school starts. So I was able to borrow a DB from my local 2-year university. I had tried a bit of the DB back in high-school, but I got tendonitis and that put a quick stop to that. Now that I'm trying it again, I am keeping some things in mind that the orchestra director at my old high school told me. I know that I have to support the bass a certain way so that it would not fall over when not being held. I also know that I have to keep my left thumb behind the neck, even with my middle finger. I also remember her telling me that you only use your index, middle and pinky fingers when playing. To ensure that I do not do anything wrong, I decided to take it slow, and first get a good feel of the fingerboard. I have been playing fretless (dedicatedly) for about a year, so I've almost got the intonation factor to a bearable level. I will be starting out with a German bow, as they (seem) to be easier to play with. Anyways, I had my dad snap some pics of me, so I could maybe bounce some of my probably horrible technique off of you guys. Thanks much for the help!