If this double bass discussion falters on, I'll stay with it, otherwise we can scrub it. Bought my son a Stagg electric double bass for his graduation present. A lot of good technology for not too much money. I recommend it to anyone who wants to give the double bass a try and have something fairly easy to carry around.
2/1/2011 11:45:58 PM
I love the bass. I did play bass in group many years ago - an old Fender Jazz bass. I do own double bass and enjoy playing it on ocassion. It sure adds a lot to a mix. Problem is, I don't know it well enough to sing and play. That sometimes shorts the jam of songs.
As I said in your earlier thread - IMO - keeping a good strong steady beat - playing with good intonation on the bass fiddle - even on simple songs / tunes is not as easy as some folks think. But you know that.
I appreciate your efforts to make this place available for interested folks. I'll continue to visit and try contribute.
2/2/2011 1:18:37 AM
I'm just starting to learn now. As I said, I have the bass to my son. but I steal it when he's not looking. I got a bow for it, which is a whole new bag of ferrets. Seems to need a lot of pressure; but perhaps I haven't got enough rosin on it.
2/2/2011 6:20:32 AM
I started out as a bass player, learned from my father. Played a Fender Precision in club bands mid 60's to mid 70's. I have a Kramer, Pioneer Series electric and a 1946 Kay Swingmaster. Although fiddle is my primary instrument now, I still love to get out the "dog House" and thump away!
2/2/2011 7:35:59 AM
I know that there is a specific rosin made for the bass fiddle - that is different than the fiddle. I would imagine that is probably more tacky. But that is my guess. I have a bow for mine, but I've only toyed around with it. I don't have any rosin, and what I know about that is only what I've been told. It does seem like I've seen more and more folks bowing the bass lately. Sounds good.
I had mine set up when I first got it. One of the things I needed was a new bridge and have the finger board was planed. The bridge I had put on was a solid one piece. The luthier was curious about why I didn't want an adjustable bridge. I explained that I considered the wheels as a dampener and didn't want anything to interupt the path of the string vibrations to the body.
I've wondered if I was being silly, but it makes sense to me.
2/2/2011 8:52:11 PM
Thanks. I use Pop's bran bass rosin. Seems to do the trick. I think you have to put a whole lot on.
2/4/2011 9:14:13 AM
I also use Pop's rosin on the base and also on my octive viola. It givs enough grab that I can use a violin bow on the viola.
2/21/2011 6:55:31 AM
I also prefer Pop's to every other rosin I've tried on the bass bow. I play bass so seldom that I've noticed either the rosin ages on the hair or something anyway, I need to re-apply it after any significant hiatus, and generally MUCH more often (per playing minutes/hours) than fiddle or 'cello.
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