Just got my first DB yesterday after 20 years of guitar playing (both jazz/blues and classical). I'm finding my way through simple blues using roots, thirds, fifths and sevenths and having a great time. It's not the best bass in the world (Chinese - well constructed, laminate, and with an adjustable bridge), but I like the sound and feel. But my main frustration (apart from intonation- but I know how to work on that) is holding the darn thing. I've looked at the short videos on Ron Carter's website. The bass seems to be resting on his hip and leaning towards him. I tried that, and it seems to be good for some things. Standing at the side of the bass is great for low position playing, but not so good for high positions. I've also tried standing behind the bass, but can't get used to that. I have a gig stand which the bass rests on when not in use, but I experimented playing whilst the bass is on the stand. It seemed to solve all my problems (except the stand grips the neck about half way up!). But high and low playing are easier. So I'm wondering (being a dumb newbie to DB playing) do some players use a stand? The instrument projects and resonates slightly better because there are no clothes, hip or leg damping the vibrations. OK, I know - get a teacher! But I've just spent all my cash on buying the bass!