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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby brento73 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:17 pm

Ok, a different question for all you bassists:

Does anyone set the bass on their left knee when you play sitting down? That is to say on the leg on their fretting hand side, like a classical guitar?

I ask because that's how I hold the bass(and my guitar, for that matter), but I can't think of any video, etc. in which someone held it that way.

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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby gumbynotpokey » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:29 am

Never play sitting down. Never.
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby Praiser » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:59 am

I'm with GnP for the most part as I never play sitting down with any of my solid body basses.

I do play seated when working on chord charts for the songs we are doing at church.
I usually have the chart file open in word on one side of the computer and play the youtube video beside it.
Allows me to bounce back and forth easily and make sure everything is right.
The kicker is that I use my Dobro bass for this as it is just loud enough to not need any amplification for this task.
It's also not quite full scale length. I think it is 32" but it may be a touch under that. Been a while since I checked.

Anyhoo, it has basically a dreadnaught shaped body that sits very well on my right leg during these sessions.
Don't know how you'd reach the lower frets on a full scale unit with it on your left leg, even if angled up a fair amount...
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby brento73 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:29 am

Why never play sitting? There are clearly a lot of players that do.

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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby Praiser » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:24 am

brento73 wrote:Why never play sitting? There are clearly a lot of players that do.


For me, the bass rides so very differently when I'm seated that I have to change how my hands interact with the instrument. Since I never sit when playing at church, it only makes sense for me to "Practice like I play".
If I had a gig where I was seated it would require me to practice sitting down so the feel became more normal.

It's not like I wear it low when standing, either. It is just a bit too different to be an effective method for practicing.
Again, for me.
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby gumbynotpokey » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:00 pm

Praiser wrote:I'm with GnP for the most part as I never play sitting down with any of my solid body basses.

I do play seated when working on chord charts for the songs we are doing at church.
I usually have the chart file open in word on one side of the computer and play the youtube video beside it.
Allows me to bounce back and forth easily and make sure everything is right.
The kicker is that I use my Dobro bass for this as it is just loud enough to not need any amplification for this task.
It's also not quite full scale length. I think it is 32" but it may be a touch under that. Been a while since I checked.

Anyhoo, it has basically a dreadnaught shaped body that sits very well on my right leg during these sessions.
Don't know how you'd reach the lower frets on a full scale unit with it on your left leg, even if angled up a fair amount...


Gosh, John, now even a bit more in common.

Please tell us about this Dobro bass. I know nothing of that. Odd for me, here in Appulatcha, but it's true - I don't.
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby gumbynotpokey » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:03 pm

brento73 wrote:Why never play sitting? There are clearly a lot of players that do.


I'm not against it, I just refuse to do it.

As John says, practice as you play. For me that is standing.

My first starter book in the 70's said to play standing and therefore practice standing. As a rule. So I have always done it. And it's just in the last few years I've broken the other rule - I now no longer religiously alternate fingers on the right hand.
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby brento73 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:18 pm

Practice the way you gig makes perfect sense to me, so I've adjusted the strap so the bass is in pretty much the same place standing or sitting. What I've been doing(in my couple months of playing), since it's easier to watch videos and look up music sitting down is practice sitting until I think I can play whatever it is, and then stand up and play while I pace around the living room.

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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby Praiser » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:07 am

There you go, Brento! Sounds like the best of both worlds.
IMHO, every player needs to find what works for them as long as it isn't putting them at risk for injury.

Brian, in order not to derail this thread too badly, just Google Regal Dobro Bass.
Mine has the Tobacco type burst (no red) and the lipstick pickup.
Dragged that thing around in its cardboard shipping box and played the fire out of it.
She's a little rough and needs some TLC to be giggable again, but plays well with the tapes that are on it now.
Perfect for working out the chords or just sitting around and plinking.
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby GlassToMouth » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:24 am

I actually practice sitting down with my bass resting on my left knee in what some would call the "classical" position. I started doing this about a year ago, just before receiving my multiscale bass. I made the change to ease the tension and aches and pains on my aging and aching body. It took a bit of getting used to after 20 years of alternating between standing and sitting with the bass resting on my right knee. The change has certainly helped my comfort and eased up on points of tension and fatigue. It also closely resembles my posture when standing so I don't have difficulty when having to stand for a 3 hour gig. I'm a believer.
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby brento73 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:43 pm

Well, glad to know it's not just me :)

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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby gumbynotpokey » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:09 pm

Praiser wrote:There you go, Brento! Sounds like the best of both worlds.
IMHO, every player needs to find what works for them as long as it isn't putting them at risk for injury.

Brian, in order not to derail this thread too badly, just Google Regal Dobro Bass.
Mine has the Tobacco type burst (no red) and the lipstick pickup.
Dragged that thing around in its cardboard shipping box and played the fire out of it.
She's a little rough and needs some TLC to be giggable again, but plays well with the tapes that are on it now.
Perfect for working out the chords or just sitting around and plinking.



Thanks, I'll check it out!
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:51 am

.............would they build a symmetrical V 4-string bass?..............
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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby fizzchem » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:14 pm

Janek Gwidzala plays with the bass on his left knee sometimes...because he was a classical guitarist...

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Re: More bass comtemplation

Postby brento73 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:14 am

fizzchem wrote:Janek Gwidzala plays with the bass on his left knee sometimes...because he was a classical guitarist...


I just looked him up on YouTube, great player! Right now I'm watching Janek and his girlfriend both play bass, her on the bass parts and him doing solo stuff over the top, it's really cool. :)


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