I'm taking bass lessons now at university, this is my second semester doing this as a one credit class to fulfill a general education requirement. A couple problems came up in lessons before and I thought I might discuss with experienced players here. First thing is that I am quite tall, 6 feet and 5 inches. Second is that I busted up my feet in the Army and they are now arthritic, which now makes standing for any length of time uncomfortable or even painful. While sizing up a bass for me the music school staff had a problem finding a bass big enough and with a long enough end pin for me to play standing, not that I'd play that way for long. I was able to find a stool to sit on for playing, it wasn't easy but we found one. Even while sitting I can feel uncomfortable as it seems like I'm still putting too much weight on my feet. One thing I considered is just finding a low stool or chair, pushing in the end pin, and sit at the bass much like a cello player would play a cello. I suggested this to my instructor the last semester I had lessons but he said it was unlikely the course supervisor would allow this. So I played on a high stool for the semester. Another thing I thought is that I'm just doing this wrong, and I need to adjust my "stance" (or whatever you'd call it) while playing on a stool. Should I be more adamant about wanting to sit on a low stool while playing? Are there some resources to show this as a proper playing technique? Should I try some smaller change in how I play? What kind of change would that be? The school of music at the university is oriented toward instructing students on orchestral technique, or at least that is my impression, so I pose my question in this sub-forum. If there is a better place to discuss this then I'll ask a moderator to move this thread to the proper place.