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The slippery slope of the dark side......

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Pacman, Dec 6, 2001.


  1. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    is pulling me down. Seriously guys, I was hired on the condition that I learn double bass, and so I'm working on it - hard. Now I'm playing in a wind ensemble with another string bassist, tubas, etc... and loving it! I didn't want to, but I'm actually enoying the bow. I'm also playing in the big band, and finding myself going to the "casa de fido" more and more.


    How do I stop this?!? :D
     
  2. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    I think the Betty Ford Clinic has a program.

    But relapse is common.
     
  3. I feel your pain my friend. I started the DB because of my love for Jazz. My teacher insists that I use the bow to get my ear in shape.

    I didn't want to use the bow at first . . . now I can't put it down.

    How do you stop it?
    You don't.
    Enjoy your new life
     
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Thanks guys. I know I'm very lucky to have a gig that makes me learn, and gives me the best kind of lessons by making me play with a group.
     
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    You don't. You've been bitten, but the infection hasn't spread yet. The best is yet to come....soon, you'll be trying to beg, borrow, and steal every possible DB pickup system you can lay hands on: you'll find one you think you like, buy it, and then decide it sucks a couple of months later and set your sights on another one. After 6 or 7 attempts, you'll find one that you can live with if only your AMP was better suited to the DB sound, and then.......

    Aw, hell, I don't want to spoil it for you....Have a nice trip!
     
  6. Monte

    Monte

    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    And tren the strings.....oh, what about a stool, I'm switching to French bow, maybe I should get a bass viol de gamba as well....

    The sickness is incurable. Here is the medical journal explanation for the Bass Bug (courtesy of my teacher Don Munday)

    The actual term is erectus bassicus bassitus. Here’s some information from a medical journal.

    Erectus bassicus bassitus (eh-rek-toos', base'-eh-kus, base-eye'-tus) An inflammation of the cerebrum which restricts the cerebrolvascular systems flow to the frontal lobes and effects the thought process and motor functions.
    Occurs from intimate contact with fine aged wood, horsehair, and compound rosin substances. The patient exhibits uncontrollable urges to acquire string basses, which only provides temporary relief since the patient will be in contact with the bass(es) for even longer periods of time. This prolifically contributes the spread of the erectus bassicus bassitus throughout the cerebrum causing a drastic augmentation of the urge to acquire string basses inadfinitum. There is no cure.

    Contraindications: Increased pulse rate and perspiration when in contact with or engaged in conversation about stringed basses. Speech is occasionally slurred and combined with incoherent appreciative grunting.
    Patient becomes possessive and will utter phrases such as “Nice bass”, “I need this bass”, “I want this bass”, “If I had a gun it would be my bass”.

    American Academy of Musical Medicine Journal November 1952.
     
  7. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    That bug has gotten several of us in the past year, Jon. I got mine in March and have to force myself to pick up the electric....er...the "slab"....
     
  8. I'll give it away... you realize that you really don't want to use an amp at all, that an amp and pick-up spoil the natural acoustic sound you work so hard on for hours everyday, and you become 10x's more obsessed about your technique than you do about buying new DB stuff. Once the disease progresses to this stage recovery is not possible and the patient is usually written-off as totally hopeless.
     
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    It does seem hopeless.... and yet, awesome.
     
  10. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Just wanted to share my experience from tonight (the first night of a two night stand). The first half of the show is most of my stuff (anthem, two jazz tunes, and a handful of classical christmas stuff, ending with an emotional "greensleeves"). When we broke for intermission, I coulda gone home. If something bit me the other day, it took a chunk out of me tonight! It's been a long time since I was that "high" for after playing..... I loved it!

    Oh, God, what have I gotten myself into? :D
     
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Have you started playing with your eyes closed yet? That's when you know you're really f***ed - when you start closing your eyes through entire tunes because you don't want anything in the world to exist that might interfere with THAT SOUND. Man, there's nothing like it anywhere.

    If you don't suck the venom out of those bites soon, you're a goner, amigo....
     
  12. Very cool, Pacman!

    These stories ... gosh ... I'm all teary! :D

    After hearing these stories, I almost wish that I was a late convert to the DB. I started on DB in the 6th grade, and I took it for granted for a long time. Although I love playing EB, I know where home is.

    You mentioned playing with a wind band - that is fun stuff! I got to play in the Wind Symphony at UNT for 2.5 years and it was without a doubt the most rewarding musical experience I've had! I love the standard symphonic repitoire, but wind music can be more adventureous, IMHO. If you like that stuff, check out Schwantner, Holst (duh), Kraft, Mailman, Corigliano, etc. etc. If your really interested, then check out Klavier Records' Klavier Wind Project CD's. Shameless plug, but they're great records and I'm really proud of them.
     
  13. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Not whole tunes yet (I've only been playing for 4 months!!).

    I give it 6 months..... wow, I'm screwed. My totally understanding wife (who's never complained about the 15+ basses I've bought since we've been married - she even bought me my first 6 string) will not be pleased when I come home and say I need to buy a $15k instrument......
     
  14. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    don't tell her. It will only hurt until you pass out from the pain. When you wake up from the pain induced coma, you will hace a 15k instrument to have fun with. It will be worth it.:D
     
  15. rablack

    rablack

    Mar 9, 2000
    Houston, Texas
    Pacman - time to change your avatar.:)