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    Not sure why I did this but made a low-ball bid on Reverb and now I have a bass. I didn't consider how much space this contraption takes up. Anyway, ordered a beginners bluegrass bass book and we'll see how it goes
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    Itís actually very intuitive, and, if you become proficient, youíll get gigs when the world
    Re-opens. As a dabbler, itís painfully boring to practice alone but great fun to play in a band setting. A really good bass player is like a really good drummer...they elevate your experience, without being really noticed...

    Work it!

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    Looks nice, don't know much about uprights but wouldn't mind having one around the house
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    Good call DaveGinNJ! I just did the same with a Mandobird that was on Reverb and now on its way to its new home!

    I know, I know... It doesn't take the same space... but impulsive (sometimes compulsive?) buys are cool anyway!

    Enjoy your new musical adventure!


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    Good for you. I haven't played bass seriously in many years. Sometimes still miss not being able to play it anymore. You will become very popular once you get it going. Many bands need a good bass player.

    Recently talked myself out of getting another acoustic guitar. There are a number of cool new models out there. But have my eye on something else. Maybe more later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CES View Post
    It’s actually very intuitive, and, if you become proficient, you’ll get gigs when the world
    Re-opens. As a dabbler, it’s painfully boring to practice alone but great fun to play in a band setting. A really good bass player is like a really good drummer...they elevate your experience, without being really noticed...

    Work it!
    When I told my wife I bought a new instrument she was mortified, thinking it was a banjo!

    Joking aside, that was sort of my thinking. I am always the worst mandolin player at a jam but there seems to be a shortage of bass players. I think that has more to do with the cost and inconvenience of the instrument

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    1. Bass players always seem to be in demand.

    2. Many of them claim to have taken up bass after being frustrated in learning a "lead" instrument. This, of course, doesn't apply to "lead" bassists.

    3. "Impulse bought" mandolins, ukuleles, concertinas are easier to store than "impulse bought" basses, cellos, pianos, and Jet Skis. A consideration.
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    I miss having an upright bass. The biggest problem I have is that most listed online are not local and shipping is prohibitive. However, if I truly wanted one, the Upton Company is within a few hours drive from me. A few friends of mine own their basses and they are quite nice and reasonably priced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I miss having an upright bass. The biggest problem I have is that most listed online are not local and shipping is prohibitive. However, if I truly wanted one, the Upton Company is within a few hours drive from me. A few friends of mine own their basses and they are quite nice and reasonably priced.
    I was fortunate that the seller was 35 minutes away. I would not have done the deal if shipping was involved. I can see that if I later decide to sell it, that will become an issue

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    I find practicing the bass to be anything but boring. Any time I want, I can play along with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Van Morrison, or (my current favorite) Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.
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    Good luck, Dave. You will have a blast with that. It is just a huge, fretless, backwards mandolin. Keep us posted!
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    Good luck, Dave. You will have a blast with that. It is just a huge, fretless, backwards mandolin. Keep us posted!
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    I hope so. I ordered some fret markers to help me get started.

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    Remember that once you have the open strings in tune that you can use an electronic tuner to verify the other positions... and stick your markers there.

    I always suggest that you mark ďfretsĒ 2, 3, 5 and 7 and interpolate the others. And remove them one by one as your ear improves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradlaird View Post
    Dave

    Remember that once you have the open strings in tune that you can use an electronic tuner to verify the other positions... and stick your markers there.

    I always suggest that you mark “frets” 2, 3, 5 and 7 and interpolate the others. And remove them one by one as your ear improves.

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    Thanks. I found a couple of videos on the web that walk you through it. The one I liked, by Chris Talley, uses the same recommendation as you

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    I will look for that. Again. Good luck. Youíre gonna love it if you like making music from the back row. Thatís where I am these days and it is good.

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    Always wanted an upright bass. Congratulations!
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    As I also wanted to explore bass but have a space-challenged office/music room/man cave, I went the u-bass route. Really fun, and it for sure informs my mandolin playing. TuneFox (NFI) has been really helpful in providing bass lessons for popular BG songs. Have a great time!

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    Very timely thread. I also recently purchase an upright bass recently on impulse (a Shen SB88). It has been a blast learning to play it. I am taking Missy Raines' bluegrass bass course on ArtistWorks and it is a very good resource.

    Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CES View Post
    ...they elevate your experience, without being really noticed...
    Few "hear" the bass, but everyone FEELS the bass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    1. Bass players always seem to be in demand.

    2. Many of them claim to have taken up bass after being frustrated in learning a "lead" instrument. This, of course, doesn't apply to "lead" bassists.

    3. "Impulse bought" mandolins, ukuleles, concertinas are easier to store than "impulse bought" basses, cellos, pianos, and Jet Skis. A consideration.
    Bullet point two, I dispute. That is not my experience, nor the experience of any bassist I know or know of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveGinNJ View Post
    Not sure why I did this but made a low-ball bid on Reverb and now I have a bass. I didn't consider how much space this contraption takes up. Anyway, ordered a beginners bluegrass bass book and we'll see how it goes
    Be careful. Double bass can hurt you. A live teacher is a good idea, but there are a few online resources that can help. Katie Thiroux has a beginner course on Discover Double Bass that I expect is good.

    https://courses.discoverdoublebass.c...r-to-bandstand

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    Bullet point two, I dispute. That is not my experience, nor the experience of any bassist I know or know of.
    Quoting from the OP, Post #6:

    I am always the worst mandolin player at a jam but there seems to be a shortage of bass players.
    I have known several bass players who have said they took to bass because they felt overshadowed by better players on "lead" instruments in jams, but noticed that bassists were essential to a good ensemble sound, always welcome -- and they found playing single notes at reasonable tempo, more accessible than trying to move at high speed through chords and melodic "breaks."

    I'm at best a mediocre bass player (not saying I'm a virtuoso on the other instruments I play), but I enjoy playing in country dance ensembles, backing up fiddlers, etc. In the past two years I've been requested several times by fiddlers to join them in concert or dance situations, and my limited bass skills were adequate to the gigs. I've taken my mando-bass to rehearsals of our local mandolin ensemble, and while I would be severely taxed to sight-read the orchestral scores the lead players work from, I can figure out bass lines that support their parts.

    This is not "dissing" bassists; I know players who consider bass their main instrument, and bring wonderful "chops" to their performances, jams etc. I know others who, I think do have the history I stated: they love the music, don't feel they can "compete" (and why should we compete?) with more accomplished "lead" players, and have found a comfortable and appreciated role playing bass.

    YMMV, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Quoting from the OP, Post #6:



    I have known several bass players who have said they took to bass because they felt overshadowed by better players on "lead" instruments in jams, but noticed that bassists were essential to a good ensemble sound, always welcome -- and they found playing single notes at reasonable tempo, more accessible than trying to move at high speed through chords and melodic "breaks."

    I'm at best a mediocre bass player (not saying I'm a virtuoso on the other instruments I play), but I enjoy playing in country dance ensembles, backing up fiddlers, etc. In the past two years I've been requested several times by fiddlers to join them in concert or dance situations, and my limited bass skills were adequate to the gigs. I've taken my mando-bass to rehearsals of our local mandolin ensemble, and while I would be severely taxed to sight-read the orchestral scores the lead players work from, I can figure out bass lines that support their parts.

    This is not "dissing" bassists; I know players who consider bass their main instrument, and bring wonderful "chops" to their performances, jams etc. I know others who, I think do have the history I stated: they love the music, don't feel they can "compete" (and why should we compete?) with more accomplished "lead" players, and have found a comfortable and appreciated role playing bass.

    YMMV, of course.
    I think that might be more true if your main exposure to bass players is in bluegrass, where the role is limited. In other styles, jazz especially, bass is if anything often the most difficult instrument of the ensemble to play.

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    Yes, jazz bass is indeed a whole different animal than in BG or oldtime. A great jazz bassist is a wondrous thing to behold. And that is not to disparage BG or oldtime bass playing. A real pro at either is a delight to play with. And it can be argued that good bass playing is more essential to a cohesive group sound than any other instrument - a misstep by a lead player is easy to overlook if the bass is steady.
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