Hi all, I've just started on double bass — literally, about two weeks ago! I played horn professionally for about 30 years but had to stop due to embouchure dystonia. After some years of mourning, I realized I'd really like to learn my other favorite instrument, so I'm borrowing a bass from the university. I'm having a heck of a time with the A and E strings, however. Can't get a steady C or G on them, respectively — it sounds absolutely horrible and I'm just about killing both hands trying (yeah, I know that's bad). I've had one lesson with a bassist from the local orchestra, basically just getting me started, and he said it's due to wolf tones. He can get it to work, although it seems to take some effort. It's making it almost impossible for me to play the Bb and F Major scales and exercises in the Simandl (this week's assignment), and I'm getting really frustrated. I can't find the center of the C in particular amidst all the weird undulations, and the intonation is giving me hives. On the G and D strings, I sound like a "normal" beginner. I don't expect it to be easy, but right now, it's discouragingly hard. I keep thinking it can't just be me — kids learn to play this instrument, right?? I've heard on these forums and elsewhere that it's important to have the bass set up well when you're a beginner to make it easier to play, so maybe this is also part of the problem. I'm just worried there's something weird I'm doing that's causing it. Any help would be appreciated.