Beginning Bass - first tape with the student’s eye level...

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Beginning the Bass Getting started It is extremely important that students are properly sized for the bass. Smaller is always better and hand size is a good indication of which size instrument is best. It is also a very good idea to have a bass stool. Any stool from Wall-Mart will do and can be cut to the correct size for the student. The stool should be of a height that allows the player to almost stand. The stool is merely to rest on, not to sit. Proper position Once the coreect size stool has been attained. Have the player rest against the stool and put the left leg up on one of the rungs of the stool with the left leg open to the side. The right leg should be placed on the floor. Proper instrument height may be determined by aligning the first finger,
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Unformatted text preview: first tape with the student’s eye level. • The bass should lean against the player with the back corner of the instrument resting in the student’s left hip or “underwear” crease. Left hand placement • The left hand is similar to that of the cello. Any analogies such as holding a grapefruit, water balloon, or can of coke will work. It is important to establish what is frequently referred to as the K position, where the first finger lays a considerable distance way from the second, third, and fourth finger and to have the thumb behind the second finger. • In order to begin bass with a D major scale, the player must start in third position. • Shape the hand onto the D on the G string and practice the descending tetra chord....
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