Going from bass guitar to double bass.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by nemo137, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. I'm a bass guitarist who wants to learn the double bass. does anyone have any advice about that?
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Find a good teacher -- and I'd recommend that you consult the teacher before you get the bass so you don't waste time/money/aggravation. Check out some local players, talk to them all. It's not too hard to get to the best teacher in town.

    -- later --

    Checked out your profile. Rockland isn't too terribly far from Chicago, is it? Anyhow, an old bass player friend of mine lives in Chicago, named Chris Giles. I don't have his number handy, but see if you can find him. He'd be a good place to start.
  3. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    There are several of us who've done this in the past year..myself, Gruffpuppy and others. The general concensus among the advising experienced players is "get a good teacher", and if possible, do it even BEFORE you buy a DB. That way the teacher can help you get a good instrument, get it set up properly and get you started out right.

    Get used to having your name mangled :D
  4. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Check out the DB archives for horror stories about what happens to those who try to do without a teacher. Not that I would know anything about that PERSONALLY, you understand...:rolleyes:

    Anyway, GODBLESSTHECHILDREE and PARALLEL PARKER are right on with their advice - a teacher is definitely the way to go. If you're in or near Chicago, you might also look up Rich Armandi, who teaches in that area and is a hell of a nice guy.

    Good luck.
  5. Get a teacher, no ifs ands or buts.
    Sloppy technique on a DB will injure you.
    Like it was said try to get one before you get your DB. Don't buy your bass from Ebay or at least not the cheap ones. Don't expect it to be like playing the BG. Good Luck.
  6. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I might add that you can probably expect about a year of regular practice and gigging to get to where you feel that you can play anything on it at all. I recall it was about that long before I had my first night where it didn't feel like I was playing a house -- and it still does, sometimes. So -- don't get discouraged, it takes a while to get your strength up to where 4-5 hours goes easy.
  7. Concur....

    I've been playing doublebass since January, but only w/a teacher since March. It's taken me this long to feel comfortable with half and first-position stuff, and now I'm working on some easy bass duets (classical) and transcribing some jazz heads.

    Get a teacher... it can't be said enough.

  8. how close is close?
    i live about 2 hours from chicago proper, and my parents would have to drive, so i need someone in the rockford/belvidere/rochelle area, if anyone knows of it.

    thanks for all the advice.

  9. bassy18


    Oct 30, 2001
    Well, I am gonna be going the other way around. From double bass, to bass guitar. Does anyone have any advice besides get a teacher? I am working on that part. Also any recommendations on what to buy? Real cheap, I am a college kid, and I just want something to tinkle around and learn on. Let me know kids
  10. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    For that, you gotta go to the TOYBASS Forum. Happy wading!