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Two Voices

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I posted a video of Marco Panascia solo jazz bass Blues in F in ’Favourite YouTube Videos’.

Does anyone here play a Double Bass! I love the sound of this instrument. As I said in the other thread if I was to start my own quartet this would definitely be one of the four! Don’t know why but I prefer it over the more common Bass Guitar.

Love to hear your thoughts about this!
 

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My youngest has just decided to learn it. As well as drums.... Assuming he gets a place, lessons start in September, so we should be able to help out in a couple of years...
 

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My 13 year old has been learning double bass since last September and is taking grade 1 in June. We tried to suggest that cello might be a better bet but it had to be double bass.

It's really lucky that the school has two half size double basses to loan out, so one is at home and the other is available for lessons at school. It can make a beautiful sound, and is much less prone to the screeching noises that beginners can make on violin.

I arranged a couple of tunes for Christmas and the combination of bass and soprano sax worked quite well. The trouble at the moment is making enough time for practice, what with exams and Facebook, that apparently needs checking almost constantly. Hmm.

Anyway, in a couple of years we should be able to play some nice acoustic jazz stuff together. Properly played double bass has a beautiful tone and makes a lovely support to the whole group sound,

Rhys
 

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I was lucky enough to play with Pete Prichard, he's got to be one of Rock 'n' Rolls greatest Double bass players in my opinion! And to top it of he's such a nice guy!
I love playing with a double bass in the band, it's such a versatile instrument, and so percussive too! Fantastic.
 
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Two Voices

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My youngest has just decided to learn it. As well as drums.... Assuming he gets a place, lessons start in September, so we should be able to help out in a couple of years...

Thanks Kev! Will resurrect this thread in 2013 then :)))

My 13 year old has been learning double bass since last September and is taking grade 1 in June. We tried to suggest that cello might be a better bet but it had to be double bass.
It's really lucky that the school has two half size double basses to loan out, so one is at home and the other is available for lessons at school. It can make a beautiful sound, and is much less prone to the screeching noises that beginners can make on violin.

I arranged a couple of tunes for Christmas and the combination of bass and soprano sax worked quite well. The trouble at the moment is making enough time for practice, what with exams and Facebook, that apparently needs checking almost constantly. Hmm.

Anyway, in a couple of years we should be able to play some nice acoustic jazz stuff together. Properly played double bass has a beautiful tone and makes a lovely support to the whole group sound,

Rhys

Thanks Rhys! Must be nice having an up and coming Double Bass Player in the family! I did see ¼ and ½ sizes when I was searching online! Not cheap though! A full size vintage Double Bass makes any saxophone look cheap! :shocked:

Ah, social media! Apparently Facebook users are only compelled to check constantly but Twitter users, is more a case of life and death! :)))

I was lucky enough to play with Pete Prichard, he's got to be one of Rock 'n' Rolls greatest Double bass players in my opinion! And to top it of he's such a nice guy!
I love playing with a double bass in the band, it's such a versatile instrument, and so percussive too! Fantastic.


Thanks Taz! Great Video! You are indeed lucky! But I’m not jealous, of course I’m not! :optimistic:
 
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Col9

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My better half has been learning the bass from scratch for about 2 1/2 yrs. She started from scratch and has been playing bass in our big band for about a year now. She said it was quite difficult to hear the right notes rather than press a button and get it right 9/10 times ;) still a long way to go but has the basics down.

She bought a new cheap bass (Antoni Debut £350 delivered) and spent the same again nearly getting it setup properly. String heights, bridge shape, a new sound post, the finger board was tweaked, there is a lot that can be improved relatively cheaply but will make a massive difference.

She has ended up with a great sounding bass that when she is the zone really rocks.

Col.

P.S My 8yr old son started playing about 6 months ago on the schools 1/2 size, he's been playing bass guitar for about a year and just translated everything straight over, so hes been teaching the missus Hoochie coochie man, house of the rising sun, hey joe etc. kids eh? ;}
 

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