Listed below are a series of topics, and links to previous discussions of same. I'll be adding to this list periodically whenever anyone suggests a new topic that should be covered here. For the sake of housekeeping and cleanliness, I'll be keeping this thread locked and stuck to the top of the forum: so if you have any suggestions or links to send me, please notify me by PM. NEWBIES: the purpose of this thread is not to discourage posting by new members, but rather to encourage informed posting by new members. Feel free to respond to any of these older threads - if you do, they'll get bumped back to the top and become open discussions again in case you have any questions or anything to add. You are of course also always welcome to start a new thread in any of the forums. Welcome to Talkbass! WHY YOU NEED A TEACHER Ray Parker's Monster Fingering Thread Discussion of Ray's Fingering Thread Discussion Topics Advice for DB Newbies Along the Strings vs. Across the Strings: Discussion Alternatives to Simandl Blazing Tempos Double Bass (REALBASS) vs. Electric Upright (FUDGESICLE) Technique Endurance Training Fingerboard Markings Fingerboard Position Markings: Good or Bad? Fingering What You Hear Half Steps between LH Fingers Hand Size Discussion Harmonics: Discussion on usage Hearing Chord Changes Height of the Bass History of Slap Bass on DB (article) How to Use a Bow Intonation Practice Intonation While Descending Left Hand Cramping and how to get past it Mistakes, Recovery and Focus Practice: Walking, Soloing and The Big Picture THE POCKET: What it is and how to find it Simandl Editions: Sankey vs. Peters Sitting vs. Standing Sitting vs. Standing Sitting vs. Standing Three Octave Scales Transitioning From Plank to Double Bass Vomit Exercises Uptempo Walking Walking Bass Lines Walking Bass Lines: Embellishing Why Simandl?