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Just turned 60... starting bass

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I’ve been around for a while, but dropped out due to loads of issues with trying to find a teacher etc.

Experienced amateur musician playing cello in orchestras, so used to performing in groups. Also have a lot of experience as a choral singer. I also play sax in various groups. Mostly tenor can can do baritone and alto.

So I’ve got no probs reading music (currently working in grade 7 theory). But playing bass I’m a novice as I’ve never played any sort of guitar.

Would like play in something like a big band and jazz group.

Live in north Shropshire - about 20 miles south of Chester.

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Hey ZBD, welcome to the forum. Good people on here....

Just turned 60? No problem. I started bass again at 58 and am now just so far into it

 

13 hours ago, zbd1960 said:

But playing bass I’m a novice as I’ve never played any sort of guitar.

Would like play in something like a big band and jazz group.

If you're used to playing cello...you haven't been a guitarist....and you want to play big band jazz...have you thought about an electric upright bass? Nice compromise between bass guitar and double bass. Easy to amplify and cart around. This is mine, which I use in a workshop big band:
(photo by Silvia Bluejay, from the last South-East Bass Bash),

EUB SEBB 2019.jpg

 

(One thing that we are VERY good at on here is trying to spend other people's money for them. You'll see lots of that...:laugh1:)

 

Edited by mangotango
looks better that way around...
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8 hours ago, mangotango said:

Hey ZBD, welcome to the forum. Good people on here....

Just turned 60? No problem. I started bass again at 58 and am now just so far into it

 

If you're used to playing cello...you haven't been a guitarist....and you want to play big band jazz...have you thought about an electric upright bass? Nice compromise between bass guitar and double bass. Easy to amplify and cart around. This is mine, which I use in a workshop big band:
(photo by Silvia Bluejay, from the last South-East Bass Bash),

EUB SEBB 2019.jpg

 

(One thing that we are VERY good at on here is trying to spend other people's money for them. You'll see lots of that...:laugh1:)

 

...it had crossed my mind... 😂. Having recently replaced both my alto and tenor saxes, I need to feign restraint for a little while....

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13 hours ago, zbd1960 said:

I need to feign restraint for a little while....

And you've signed up for Basschat?

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Welcome to the Great GAS Generator. :)

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On ‎12‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 19:23, zbd1960 said:

...it had crossed my mind... 😂. Having recently replaced both my alto and tenor saxes, I need to feign restraint for a little while....

Yeh, good luck with that. ¬¬

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Hi there zbd1960.
Welcome to basschat :)

As mentioned, an Electric Upright bass might be a good instrument for you to switch to
Also talked about (a little) on here, has been using a Cello as a bass
I think folk who do this usually re-string the Cello, so it's tuned like a bass
Might be worth thinking about?

And yes..... the marketplace on this forum is a great way of getting rid of money, and acquiring way too many bass-related gear :)
 

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