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My first time ever :D

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by giacomini, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    Today I bought a double bass. Never had even played one before, but I saw my friend's ad on facebook and thought well, why not?

    Scored a cheap plywood Brescia 4/4 upright bass for little money and after half an hour drive my living room feels little for this monster!

    I can't even find the notes right on the massive fingerboard but I'm excited to learn it. Been playing BG for almost 6 years but learning the double bass feels like learning a new instrument. Maybe it's because of the longer scale... I guess it'll be a matter of getting used to it.

    Forgot to take pictures today...
  2. Congratulations, you now have a real bass. Get a teacher so you can really play it. :)
  3. It is a new instrument, totally.

    Be careful, listen to your body: it is easy to hurt yourself playing this beast. A teacher can help you find the way to play that won't.
  4. MikeCanada


    Aug 30, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    There is a lot of wisdom on the double bass side of the board, but I would like to join the continuing echo you will hear: find a teacher and take at least half a dozen lessons to get you going. Even if you are an accomplished electric bassist, the technique is extremely different. Major injuries are a very real threat that can be greatly reduced by a good foundation in technique and killing any bad habits before they have a chance to start.


    Outlines that there are a lot of differences between electric and double bass, but I'm sure you've already figured that out.

    Best of luck with it.
  5. The tuning is the same, you can use the same 'patterns, but the fingering is slightly different, your body dynamics are different, etc. Congrats on the bass, but if you have never played played one before, (broken record) find a teacher. And yes, it will take some getting used to. Good luck.
  6. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    I will get a teacher.

    It feels like I'm using too much strength to hold, pluck and reach things, so I guess proper technique is the way to go.
  7. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    You're wise to get a teacher. As has been said, you really could hurt yourself. Given this:
    ...it may be the case that the bass is poorly set up and is causing you to struggle. It could be a matter of technique. It could be both. A good teacher will help you to evaluate all of that.

    Welcome to the dark side. :)
  8. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    Already enrolled for double bass lessons! :) Starting next wednesday.

    The receptionist wasn't sure if I'll have both pizz and arco, so let's see how it goes next week...

    After the first couple lessons I'll ask the teacher to take a look in my bass set up, since there are no double bass luthiers around (my friend told me he had to drive 180 miles to get a broken neck fixed).
  9. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Congrats! I'm looking forward to hearing of your progress as I am on the road to buy my first UB sometime soon (I've been playing EB for around 25 years).
  10. You never forget your first.
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very cool that's one of my goals I want a DB congrats.
  12. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    I had my first lesson yesterday.

    The teacher is a great guy. We started to sort out positioning and getting some sound out of the bass. He sounds much louder, of course, but my RH is starting to behave and pluck those strings right... :D

    He asked me to bring my bass to the lessons and he will set it up properly so I can practice without extra unnecessary effort (hopefully the bass can be adjusted :D )

    I will be looking for a bow, since my bass didn't come with one and the teacher wants me to practice both arco and pizzicato so I can develop both techniques and achieve good intonation.

    I'm enjoying this new venture into the lower end world so far!