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Hi! I'm new, but I have a bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Tattoo, Sep 29, 2003.


  1. Tattoo

    Tattoo

    Sep 29, 2003
    Layton New Jersey
    I've been looking through this forum and there seems to be a ton of great information and knowledgeable people out here, (in here?), but I am now overwhelmed as to where to start!

    Our friends got us into Bluegrass a few years ago, and now my husband is learning to play the mandolin. Our friend is learning to play the guitar, and there is a family member who plays the guitar and mando as well. Anyhow, I fell in love with the deep sound of the bass, and for my birthday on Sunday, we drove into Long Island, and I picked out a vintage Kay Upright. Some guy had nylon strings on it and used it for bluegrass we were told. We went in with a basic knowlegde of the UB's, and I think we got a nice instrument for the money. The fella who sold it to us had taken it in on consignment and told us it was a Kay, possibly from the 40's or 50's. There was no label inside, but it had tell-tale Kay thingee's on the top part (the screw like mechanisms that tighten or loosen the strings are small). (I still need to learn the proper terms for the parts!)

    I have book marked that link to the Kay expert guy, so I am hoping I can email him some pictures, but the description of it is "tobacco sunburst" coloring, upright 3/4 size. I don't think we've been had or anything, as he gave a 30 day warranty/1 week exchange, but I would like to find out more info on year and model of the instrument.

    Also, as I set out on this learning adventure-where should I start? I look at some of the reading music threads-really appreciated the "I know there is math in there" thread (math makes me cry...), but what to do?

    Lessons are on the agenda by a local bass player in a bluegrass band, but for right now, until that is lined up...should I learn to read music, practice finger exercises? Lift weights? haha...

    Thanks for any input...I know the more experienced people have probably seen many a newbie come on board...but that is the beauty of it.

    This is my first attempt at a stringed instrument. Last attempt at anything musical was a flute in 6th grade...1978 or something like that...again, the math issue!

    I know I can train a 2,000 pound Percheron draft horse to ride and drive, so surely I will be able to learn how to play some good bluegrass bass.

    Thanks for your time, I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

    :bag:
     
  2. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Welcome to the wonderful calloused world of DB! You made the right first move - getting a teacher. Next up you should fix up that Kay by taking it to a luthier. Any questions you have will be answered here for you by the members.
     
  3. garron

    garron

    Jun 26, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Boss, The Plane! The Plane!

    If I remember correctly, Bob Gollihur is from Joisey. He would be the man to see for an ID and a good set-up for your bass. If he doesn't see this post, send him a personal message, or go to http://www.urbbob.com/basslink.html, and you should be able to contact him. Welcome and good luck!