Hello to the loooooong scale side of talkbass. I'm a long time electric player who has always wanted to play double bass. I finally had the means to aquire one about 2 years ago. Unfortunately immediately after buying the bass I was moved to a project at work that required lots of travel. The project ended Jan 2020 and I was fully committed to finally getting lessons and learning the instrument. Needless to say that didn't happen. About 2 months ago I gave up on the idea of in person lessons and started teaching myself the instrument. I learned to read on electric with the simandl method (and Carol Kay books) so that's been my guide for upright. I should also say my wife plays cello so I have a bit of guidance about how to approach a stringed instrument. Here is my dilemma. I had been really struggling with getting a good "catch" with the bow on open strings. Especially the open G string. Well the other day I wiped all the rosen off the strings and wouldn't you know it made a world of difference. I had not wiped the rosen off the strings for about a month of playing every day. I guess I thought the rosin build up would help? So TB, what are some other stupid mistakes to look out for that you wouldn't read about in a book. The bass came setup pretty well but how do I know when it's time to take it to a pro? I read something about tuning the stings below the bridge. What's that all about? Thanks!