I'm Not an Addict (tagyourit) wrote in classical_bass,
I'm Not an Addict


Hey Guys.I play bass in my jazz band at my college. I'm a music major and have just recently added the upright bass to my arsenal. I know enough to be able to play a few sets of jazz standards. Free-form jazz and such. I decided to start taking my upright from the "hobby" realm and add it to my "professional" realm along with my electric bass. It's very difficult to find a teacher where I live (stuart, Florida) but I have heard of a cellist, who is apparently an amazing teacher. He's pretty confident he can teach me the correct way to play the upright bass even though I am fairly skeptical. Anyway I've been looking at the different methods there are for the upright. I've noticed the Simandl method is by far the most popular. My question is: What does the Method 1 book consist of? I saw one page in the book and it seemed it was just etudes or random music notation. It does explain the shifting and positioning etc? If I were forced to take the upright on my own would I be able to follow the book myself? Or is it strictly a teachers aid kinda thing. Thanks a lot guys.


P.S. Anybody know much about William Lewis & Son basses from Chicago? i'm interested in learning more about my individual bass (ie: age, origin, original cost)
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Yea man, I'm over in Miami. Florida uprights represent.

I've been playing for roughly 4 years, 2 years dedicated though. I just started going through the Simandl Vol. 1. I'm gonna move up to the vol 2 though. If you are just starting the upright, I would recomend just starting with Vol. 1 becuase it goes over shifting and thumb position which is always key. It is a very good book to teach yourself with, if you dont mind a little reading.
excellent! I'll order it tomorrow. Unfortunately I can only find one place that has it www.lemurmusic.com and they are all the way in California :( . I'm pretty stoked about the upright. it's nice because I am already quite efficient with the electric. So after about 3 hours of getting used to it, I can use the upright at gigs and hold my own.
Most classical music stores should have it.
Nope. I've been to a bunch. Nobody has it.. Amazon can't get it. Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldens. Nobody :(
Right now my bass is in for repair. I can't take much more of not having it. I've been playing my electrics... I miss my upright :(
I'd also second your skepticism in learning from a cellist. They're two rather different instruments - specifically in _holding_ the instrument and holding the bow. Lord only knows I've spent such copious amounts of time trying to un-learn bad technique I caried over (self-taught) from violin back when I was a youngin'.
Do you have a suggestions? I can't find any in my area. And the bass players around here aren't up to teaching anybody.