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Practice standing or sitting?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Ryan K, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. Ryan K

    Ryan K

    Dec 11, 2002
    New Jersey
    I just wanted to know how many of you practice standing up, or sitting down...
  2. Im hyperactive and restless when i play bass so im standing 85% of the time.
  3. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Do whatever is comfortable.......
  4. I started off playing sitting down :bag: but now i sound better standing up:bassist:
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It doesn't matter when you have your bass high enough.
    My bass position doesn't change a bit when I change from sitting down to standing up.

    I tend to sit down most of the time when practicing, but I stand up when I have learned a song and now have to internalise it and "prepare" it for live playing.
  6. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    took the words out of my mouth

  7. For those who practice seated, I am curious whether you put your bass across your right lap?

    Or do you maintain the same position standing, meaning putting the bass between the legs?

    Putting the bass at my right right lap gives me a more relaxed position, but makes the angle unnatural for some of the positions.

    Putting the bass between my legs (same position standing) requires me to sit up straight!

    I think even Jaco put the bass across the right lap on the Modern Electric Bass IIRC.
  8. CrazyArcher


    Aug 5, 2004
    Most of time I practice standing, but at the rare ocassions when I sit I play in classic guitar position (body on my left lap, left foot slightly elevated), which is the most comfortable sitting position I know.
  9. Diowulf

    Diowulf Guest

    Aug 4, 2004
    San Rafael CA
    I alternate positions when sitting down. Sometimes I find my left lap more comfortable when playing higher on the neck.
  10. Rockgurl


    Dec 17, 2004
    CT, USA
    I sit when I'm trying to work out a new song or a complicated bass line, but I stand when I'm rehearsing for a show so as to get a feel for playing the song in show mode. I find that it doesn't matter how many times you play a song sitting down, when you come to play it at a show all your other stimuli are so different it can affect your playing, as nothing feels familiar since you'd practised in the comfort of a chair. If you're in a strange environment with lots of background noise it helps to be familiar with your bass in the actual position you're going to be playing it in at a show. Make sense?
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Like JMX, I practice seated (even the upright bass...I use a stool). It's one benefit of wearing your bass higher, eh?

    I'll even sit on the gig if other band members are sitting (which is common at jazz and folk gigs).

    I have real problems trying to play standing if the bass is slung too low anyway. I really don't know how you guys do it.
  12. Ozzyman


    Jul 21, 2004
    I'll tell you a trick. Set your strap to make your bass the exact same height when sitting or standing. It doesn't look as cool, but your playing won't suffer when you stand up, and that's way better than showing off your sexy muscles (most of the time).
    Oh, and when sitting I either have the bottom curve part of the bass on my right thigh, or I have the bass rotated counter-clockwise so the cable is between my legs (I call that classical guitar position)