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First time EUB - NXT4 - Need book suggestions

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by Substandard, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Substandard


    Oct 15, 2009
    Hi all,

    I've been playing electric bass for 19 years and decided to give the upright a shot. :hyper:

    So I bought myself a present and got an NS Design NXT4 from the forums here as I've heard its a great bass for transitioning.

    So, that being said, are there any books or anything you guys would recommend for a EUB Noob but bass veteran?

    I'm going to Hammond Ashley or The Bass Church next weekend to talk about bows and lessons. But I want to read about technique and stuff before I start playing it like an electric bass and form bad habits. :)

    Also, this is super exciting! I can't wait to get more into it. Down the road, once I know enough to make an informed decision, I plan on getting an acoustic DB. :bassist:
  2. A good teacher will provide everything you need and recommend the books, etc.
  3. Substandard


    Oct 15, 2009
    I know. But I won't likely be getting into lessons until after the new year (no time). Just want something to tide me over. y'know?
  4. SeaMist_au


    Aug 28, 2012
    Rufus Reid :The evolving basist
    Ray Brown: The Ray Brown Method

    Look at thumb positions on the internet and interpret these in terms of thumb positions. You will be used to finger positions but believe me there is much more hence the need for the teacher.
  5. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    I'm assuming that you can read music, because nearly everything for double bass will be notation only. That said, I would recommend the Simandl Bass Method, which is a ball-buster of a foundation, as well as the Petracci (sp?) method. Both will get you off to a solid foundation of finger skill and placement.

    Learning the double bass/string bass/git fiddle/bass viol/doghouse is so much more physically demanding than playing an electric, that a teacher will make sure you don't hurt yourself, despite the fact that you're a 19 year veteran. What you could do too is find a local teacher right now, tell them your plans and see what book(s) they teach out of and can recommend for you to get started on right now, to make it easier to transition to said teacher?