Double Bass and Electric Bass Compliment each other?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by mz91, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. mz91


    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    I was just thinking about buying a fichter kontrabass. I usually play electric. A modulus Quantum 6 SS to be exact. I just wanted to know what people thought about playing both electric and upright...Do you recommend it? Will it compliment eachother? Or will it be like playing two seperate intruments? Any info or suggestions would be appreciated...i am self taught on the electric and i will have to self teach myself on the double too. is it hard to play double bass? :meh:
  2. My advice: If you can't get a real double bass and a teacher to teach you to play it, wait until you're at a point where you can. Bass guitar and double bass are completely different instruments. I don't think it's possible to teach yourself to play double bass; you'll either end up getting frustrated or eventually hurt yourself. That said, once you can play both instruments, there are some aspects that cross over from one to the other. In my experience just building up some muscle from playing upright helped my electric playing, and without having learned upright there'd be no way I could play fretless decently now. Playing the music that often goes with playing upright (classical, solo, traditional jazz, etc) also in my opinion helps open your mind to new styles and techniques in playing electric. So I say yeah, go for it. But go about it the right way man!
  3. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    I'm self-taught on DB and electric. I've gotten frustrated and I've hurt myself, and if I had to do it over again, I'd have studied DB in college or taken lessons. But it's possible, and I've done alright for myself. People seem to like how I play. Just recently logged thirty years in the biz.

    This forum, along with Bob Gollihur and his links, is invaluable for a guy like me. Just being able to talk to a whole bunch of players in one place is great.

    It is very definitely two seperate instruments, and I feel that one enhances the other. I don't get a whole lot of work on the electrics, but I'm glad to have them around for when they're needed.

    Bear in mind that the Fichter is a third type of instrument (EUB). It's a valid choice if you want to play that particular instrument. I have an Azola EUB that's very nice. Don't expect it to perform like a DB, and you won't be disappointed.
  4. mz91


    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    first off thanks alot for the replies..well, i am starting to not find it such a good idea..i am already in school and i dont think i would have time to get a teacher to teach me the EUB. So it would probably end up just sitting in the living i guess i will have to wait on buying an EUB...thanks anyways. :(