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Hello! I'm an aspiring upright bassist

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by CnB77, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    Hello everybody
    I've been playing the electric bass for a probably 5 years now and lately I've found myself looking at pictures of upright basses and imagining how cool it would be to play one. So now I'm trying to find a local teacher and a place where I can rent an instrument. Does anybody know any good places in Northern NJ (I'm in Essex County, willing to travel but I'd rather not have to go into NYC for my lessons)?

    As for the styles I like, let me post a few examples:

    ^the guitar work is really cool, and the bassist complements it perfectly

    I also like the Bill Black stuff on Elvis records.
    Does anybody have any other good suggestions to listen to for inspiration?

  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Paul Chambers
    Ray Brown
    Sam Jones
    Ron Carter
    Charles Mingus
    Charlie Haden
    Oscar Pettiford
    Dave Holland
    John Patitucci
    Red Mitchell
    Scott Le Faro
    etc etc.
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  4. EDIT: What's the name of that "Jazz School" you attend over there?

    C'mon, Bruce. :eyebrow:
  5. Danny Thompson
    Major Holley
    Eugene Wright
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Sorry - I was typing quickly - what's a letter between friends! :p
  7. :bag:
  8. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    Thanks for the responses everyone! Now that I have power and internet back on at home I'm going through the suggestions and having a listen

    Anybody have any leads on instructors?
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  10. philip sirois

    philip sirois

    May 29, 2006
    Just talked to Laspina today. He's taking students in secaucus.
    Serious player, nice guy.
  11. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    Secaucus isn't terribly far away, so I'll look into it, thanks for the tips everyone!