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Double bass query

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ArmitageShanks, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. ArmitageShanks


    Dec 17, 2016
    I recently rented a DB and have had a first lesson. Absolutely love it (I've played EB for 25 years). To broaden my knowledge, would really appreciate any recommendations for bass teaching books, and importantly some of the best DB players to listen to/watch. Thank you!
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    You would get a lot more response on the double bass side. But for bassists to watch/listen, tough to beat Ron Carter.
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  3. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I would suggest sticking with a good teacher. Teaching yourself electric is one thing; teaching yourself upright is another. For bassists to listen to, Ray Brown and Ron Carter are definite musts. Other greats include Paul Chambers, Israel Crosby, Cachao, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, Christian McBride, Scott LaFaro - the list goes on.
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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    yep: lots to listen to for inspiration! also: listening to those cats will inform your BG playing. (and check out some eddie gomez!)

    good luck on your DB quest! :thumbsup:
  5. jasonrp


    Feb 19, 2015
    What sort of music? If you've played electric for that many years, technique and the size jump will be the biggest hurdles for you so a few lessons would be a good idea
  6. ArmitageShanks


    Dec 17, 2016
    Thanks very much for the really helpful replies and names :) I'm definitely sticking with the teacher - just wanted to get as much of a broad base of listening material as possible from people with different tastes and opinions.
    Thanks again!
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  7. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    The one book that I’ve found that grows well with me, is The Evolving Bassist, by Rufus Reid.
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  8. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013

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