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Posts tagged Upright bass

Jul 19

Once I put the bass down, it’s down. Also no one wants this water.

-After lugging my upright bass in a gig bag all the way up a wheelchair ramp and squeezing through the door, I’m standing next to it in literally the only place in the room where it is out of the way of everyone.-

Guy working at studio: "Can you just move your double bass over here behind the counter? It’s blocking the water cooler."

Me: -Motioning over to the door next to me-"Oh, I have a lesson in a few minutes in this room right here."

Guy: "Okay but I’m gonna need you to move it over here."

Me: "I’m just propping it up here for a minute-"

Guy: "What if someone wants a drink of water?"

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LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO WAIT.


Aug 21
I recently bought a bass wheel so I could transport my upright bass more efficiently. It’s a large improvement from carrying it myself, but it takes some getting used to. Mostly because, unbeknownst to me, the wheel actually swivels. So whichever way the bass wants to go, it goes. Quickly. 

I recently bought a bass wheel so I could transport my upright bass more efficiently. It’s a large improvement from carrying it myself, but it takes some getting used to. Mostly because, unbeknownst to me, the wheel actually swivels. So whichever way the bass wants to go, it goes. Quickly. 


Aug 27
Upright basses are really difficult to transport. Even with the handles on a gig bag, I never have gotten the hang of carrying it, and so I usually look really dumb trying to drag it up a wheelchair ramp. Now I use a little wheeled caddy thing that I tie my bass to with bungee cables, which is a real improvement. Though I must say hoisting this thing around has helped me build up some serious stamina.
And so here are some of the contrabass carrying positions I have put into effect. They all require a significant deal of coordination and strength, neither of which I have. But I have determination. And baby, that’s all you need in the world of the double bass. <3

Upright basses are really difficult to transport. Even with the handles on a gig bag, I never have gotten the hang of carrying it, and so I usually look really dumb trying to drag it up a wheelchair ramp. Now I use a little wheeled caddy thing that I tie my bass to with bungee cables, which is a real improvement. Though I must say hoisting this thing around has helped me build up some serious stamina.

And so here are some of the contrabass carrying positions I have put into effect. They all require a significant deal of coordination and strength, neither of which I have. But I have determination. And baby, that’s all you need in the world of the double bass. <3


Sep 3

It's a long story, okay?

  • Bass Instructor: Are these teeth marks in your rosin?
  • Me: No! That would be gross.
  • -They were teeth marks-

eternallylostinwonderland asked: May i ask why there were teeth marks in your rosin?

I AM GLAD YOU ASKED.

(For those of you who don’t know what rosin is, it’s a type of sticky resin that bowed string instrument players use to help the hairs of the bow grip the strings.)

I use Pop’s Bass Rosin for my bow. The cake of rosin comes in a little paper cup inside the container. So in order to use the rosin, one needs to peel back the paper wrapper. But, of course, it was stuck pretty good to the rosin because it was still pretty stiff. Since I have very short fingernails and no access to any type of tool to pry the wrapper off, I used my teeth. Which worked for the most part. 

Does rosin taste good? - Debatable.

Was it worth it? - Yes.


Anonymous asked: How did you get into learning upright bass? I'd love to learn either upright bass or cello but lessons are expensive, and my school district has no orchestra program.

Well I’ve always loved the upright bass. And I always have known I wanted to play it. It’s just the perfect instrument for me, and I love it, as much as I complain about it. So I had been desperately searching around for an instructor for years. One day I was close to going over 100 miles away to meet somebody that might be able to give lessons. But I asked someone at the place I take singing lessons from, and it turns out that they had recently hired a cello teacher that could teach bass for me. AND I CRIED TEARS OF HAPPINESS FOR WEEKS. So as far as finding an instructor goes, ask around. Places like instrument shops, music studios, music teachers, etc. might have some idea. It never hurts to ask.

If I were you, I would give some thought to the cello. It’s a great instrument without all the pain of string plucking and having an upright bass fall on top of you in a parking lot. It would probably also be much easier to find an instructor for cello, since it’s pretty popular. But hey, if you like the bass, go for it! Bass is my first instrument aside from a run-in with a flute many years ago that did not end well at all.

GOOD LUCK SWEETIE. Hope I could help a little. Let me know how it goes for you.

Here, have a gif:

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Sep 6

almama-deactivated20120119 asked: So I read that you play bass? Well I need help. Do you know how to play an 'A Melodic Minor' 2 Octave? You just raise the 6th and 7th making F and G sharp going up and coming down you play naturals and play G harmonic, correct?

Sssssssounds about right from what I can tell. Looking at stuff like this sometimes helps, but I dunno how effectively it translates to the actual bass, ya know?

Might wanna ask around, though. My terminology has always been kinda shaky.

In lieu of a better answer, you can have this gif of someone scaring their roommate:

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Oct 2
"&#8230;And all week long your River City youth will be fritterin&#8217; away - I say your young men will be fritterin. Fritterin away their noon time, supper time, chore time too. Get the ball in the pocket, never mind getting dandelions pulled or the screen door patched or the beef steak pounded. Never mind pumping any water till your parents are caught with a cistern empty on a Saturday night, and that&#8217;s trouble. Yes you got lots and lots of trouble! I&#8217;m thinking of the kids in the knickerbockers, shirt tailed young ones. Peeking in the pool hall window after school. You got trouble Folks! Right here in River City! Trouble with a Capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL!"
Yes, it&#8217;s almost winter in New England. I&#8217;m sure you heard about all the snow we got last year. But I honestly don&#8217;t mind it.

"…And all week long your River City youth will be fritterin’ away - I say your young men will be fritterin. Fritterin away their noon time, supper time, chore time too. Get the ball in the pocket, never mind getting dandelions pulled or the screen door patched or the beef steak pounded. Never mind pumping any water till your parents are caught with a cistern empty on a Saturday night, and that’s trouble. Yes you got lots and lots of trouble! I’m thinking of the kids in the knickerbockers, shirt tailed young ones. Peeking in the pool hall window after school. You got trouble Folks! Right here in River City! Trouble with a Capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL!"

Yes, it’s almost winter in New England. I’m sure you heard about all the snow we got last year. But I honestly don’t mind it.


Oct 21
Why does everyone hate on me when I&#8217;m trying to transport my bass? Do they not see HOW BIG IT IS? Can they not tell HOW HEAVY IT IS? Needless to say, it&#8217;s quite difficult to maneuver.
Yet whenever I try to squeeze in a doorway, people don&#8217;t hesitate to make a rude comment. This is amplified by the fact that the place where I practice is just someone&#8217;s house repurposed into a music studio.
I think people just don&#8217;t understand. I&#8217;ve never met a bassist that wasn&#8217;t in love with their bass. But it&#8217;s difficult as hell to manage no matter how long you&#8217;ve been playing.
So, the moral of the story is RESPECT THE BASSISTS. It&#8217;s not easy playing this monster! At least hold the door open for us!
I might actually redraw this comic sometime. I&#8217;m coming out of a serious art block so my drawing&#8217;s a little shaky. Ah well.

Why does everyone hate on me when I’m trying to transport my bass? Do they not see HOW BIG IT IS? Can they not tell HOW HEAVY IT IS? Needless to say, it’s quite difficult to maneuver.

Yet whenever I try to squeeze in a doorway, people don’t hesitate to make a rude comment. This is amplified by the fact that the place where I practice is just someone’s house repurposed into a music studio.

I think people just don’t understand. I’ve never met a bassist that wasn’t in love with their bass. But it’s difficult as hell to manage no matter how long you’ve been playing.

So, the moral of the story is RESPECT THE BASSISTS. It’s not easy playing this monster! At least hold the door open for us!

I might actually redraw this comic sometime. I’m coming out of a serious art block so my drawing’s a little shaky. Ah well.


Nov 19

A Bug that likes Jazz.

  • Bass Instructor: Woah check out this beetle!
  • Me: It's one of those Maple Bugs.
  • Bass Instructor: Okay, I'm sorry I have to do this, little guy.
  • -He flings it across the room. Ten minutes later it starts crawling up the music stand again-
  • Me: Oh my gosh, it's back?!
  • Bass Instructor: Do you think he likes the bass?
  • Me: Maybe.
  • -The bug is flung across the room again. It comes back.-
  • Bass Instructor: Yeah it likes the bass. This is the bass-iest beetle I've ever seen.
  • Me: I concur.

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