Hi everybody. We started talking about this on the BG side, but it was like hijacking another thread (my fault) so I decided to start a new one in the right place. This is about the pizzicato technique. I'm primarily a bass guitar player, but I studied double bass during five years at the university with a Polish master and he taught me the most important things for a classical DB player (with German bow), but never talked about pizzicato. Only when the repertoire had some pizz passages he told me how should I play them, but never told me about playing jazz or something like that, so I'm kinda self-taught on DB pizzicato technique. I've always seen that most jazz players anchor their thumb on the back of the fingerboard and play with their fingers parallel to the strings. I've tried that and I feel really uncomfortable. I know that it can be solved with a good training, but again, I never had it. In this thread I'm posting a link for downloading a video with an excerpt of a gig I played at the beginning of this year with a chamber group and let me know your opinions about my pizzicato after watching it (no arco here). I'd like to know if it's definitely wrong or if that's a valid approach (I know that nowadays hardly anything can be labeled as "wrong" in music, but at least take into account the minimum standards). Some of you may say that I pluck the strings the same way as on bass guitar, but I disagree with that because on BG I pluck with a downward attack, like pushing the strings towards the fingerboard. The sound produced by this is unpleasant to my ears on double bass (at least with my fingers). For DB I pluck with an upward movement, like popping the strings but not so hard so they won't snap against the fingerboard, or just a little at certain moments. Some warnings: The piano isn't well tuned, you can get a glimpse of my uncontrolled (awful) vibrato and the audience claps at the end, which shouldn't be since this is a chamber suite and this isn't the final movement. The public is just starting to know about that stuff here. (I'm pretty sure that most of you have heard this. I won't tell you what is it - surprise) There are many mistakes during the performance, but the most notable (for those of you who know the piece) happens at 2:35. There's an unexpected 4-second bass solo part because the pianist's brain just blanked and almost made me lose my control. This is a 5:41 long performance and the video is 56.8 MB big, so please be patient. Aside from your opinions and/or criticisms, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you in advance! Link: http://s33.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=27O5AJPBJAH8H2IL10J6ROQVRB Please notice that the file will be available for seven days only and for a limited number of downloads (I don't know how many).