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help with upright bass....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by phil-am, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. phil-am


    Oct 18, 2005
    :) need some help with upright basses...my friend is plannning to buy upright bass.. and there this size or i dont know..2/4 3/4 or 4/4..what do this numbers mean?by the way my friend stands 5"4 tall, if those numbers mean sizes..can someone help us?tnk u very much... :)
  2. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    wouldn't this do better in DB?
  3. This will probably get moved to the double bass forums, but I'll answer so you guys think I'm cool.

    4/4 is full sized. 3/4 is 3 quarters of a full sized. I play a 3/4 and I think most players do, too. I don't think there's much advantage in a 4/4 over a 3/4. I'd only get a 1/2 if you're really small or have small hands or want it to actually fit in your car.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I wouldn't particularly call 4/4 full sized. They're not fractions, they're just sizes as as women's pant sizes are totally random. Size 0 shouldn't exist, and what's a 00? ;)

    3/4 is what most players play, 4/4 is bigger, and there's a 7/8 in the middle. Jack was right that there's almost no advantage, I believe the scale length is about 3 inches longer.
  5. Wow! I was right. And a mod even called it. This may be the best day of my life.
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Haha, not much of a mod over in DB, just been playing for about two years. No biggie.
  7. mattwells


    Mar 19, 2003
    I'll drop in my .02

    Anyone can play any size bass. I had a bass teacher who was just shy of 5' (I think she said 4'11 and 3/4") and she played the biggest 4/4 size bass I have ever seen. I play a 7/8, most (read: almost-every-one-in-orchestra-and-everyone-who-is-fooling-aroud-on-it) plays a 3/4. It is considered a 'full-sized' bass.

    Actually, if your friend is planning on buying an upright and does not know what size she needs, she may need to take a couple of steps back. It takes a lot of time to play one, much less play it well. Not even mentioning that the ABSOLUTE cheapest upright that is passable is near the $1k mark. Not to discourage, but to warn.
  8. And you won't want to get the cheapest upright either. That's what I did. I wouldn't advise it. It sounds crap and no matter how much work I put into it it will always sound crap.
  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN

    I had a teacher (Todd Baker) that was 5feet5inches and he played a full scale with C extension... with ease. Granted, his technique was so impeccable, it made me sick!
  10. Impeccable technique makes me sick, too.