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Anyone ever tried Portrait of Tracey on an Upright?

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by 5intheface, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. 5intheface


    Dec 18, 2004
    It's THE electric bass standard, has anyone ever given it a shot in upright? I managed to work out the intro and melody up until the false harmonic, which I've never practiced on an upright before. Seems like it'd be damn near impossible to perfrom the whole song. Anyone ever heard it or know of recordings? I bet with the right bowing technique it would sound wonderful.
  2. bassist14


    Oct 17, 2005
  3. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Bromberg's isa very unique arrangement of the piece. Unless you've gothands the size of Ron Carter's or John Clayton's, it would probably be quite impossible to play in its original incarnation on a 3/4+ sized DB.

    That said, there ARE transcriptions around with the melody and changes, so it'd be quite conceivable to play in a duet or small group setting. Just imagine thatin a trio setting -- it'd sound great, eh? Hmm. Just might have to try that. Man, that'd be neat.