May 31, 2009

Is There an Upright Bass Player in the House?

I rented an upright bass today. I walked in just to look, told them I'd be back Tuesday, got in the car and heard my 14 year old say, 'Mom... just go in and rent it. I'm committed. We won't have to come all the way back down here until August then."

It is in a spare bedroom as I'm scared to death something is going to happen to it.

Right now, it is somewhat a novelty in our home. He'll walk in, play it a bit, and walk out. His first lesson is tomorrow. It's an unknown... what makes different sounds, what it takes to play different notes. He finds out more tomorrow.

I have to tell you though, it's so frickin' odd having this big ass instrument in our home.

A string instrument at that. We rented the 1/2 bass and will go to the standard 3/4 bass when he grows. I expect by the end of the summer... he thinks he grows more in the summer because he sleeps so much.

I can't describe it, this odd feeling. Photos to come... I am sure.

Posted by Boudicca at May 31, 2009 09:27 PM
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Wow! I can hardly wait to play it! We'll play some duets on double bass and fiddle. Great fun.... for us.

Posted by: Angus of Islay at May 31, 2009 09:35 PM

And he'll have a few lessons under his belt by then!!!

Posted by: Bou at May 31, 2009 09:46 PM

Have him check out the Finnish rock band Apocalyptica on YouTube. Four classically trained upright bass players who do original songs, and first became known for playing cover versions of Metallica songs. They are absolutely amazing!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalyptica

Posted by: Mary at May 31, 2009 09:51 PM

Hooray! He'll probably need a stand for it, if you didn't get one when you got the bass. This is going to be sooo cool for all of you :) Wish you were somewhere near so my daughter could play with him :) get him all into Irish music!

Posted by: patti at May 31, 2009 10:26 PM

"it's so frickin' odd having this big ass instrument in our home"

I remember that feeling well the first time we hauled the Marimba home. It is over seven feet long and we had to disassemble it and pack it in two vehicles. I had to rearrange my living room in order to accommodate it.

Good luck to your son. I'm glad he is enjoying music so much.

Posted by: sticks at June 1, 2009 06:18 AM

Bou,
So it begins!

First, it will be the 1/2 size and the music stand, and storage for sheet music. Before you know it, he will want a better quality bow and an instrument with the extended jazz tuning nut.

Then it's a custom case with wheels and a volvo station wagon dedicated to carrying the beast!

ROFL!!!!

God bless y'all!

Posted by: Sven in Colorado at June 1, 2009 08:44 AM

Well, you know, the perfect instrument to accompany a double bass is a sousaphone. Maybe Bones would be interested.... Mwahahahaha

Posted by: Angus of Dundee at June 1, 2009 04:13 PM

Apocalyptica was my Sunday Metal this week.

Ringo won't have the convenience of frets on his standup bass but he won't need electricity to play.

Posted by: Denny at June 2, 2009 09:36 PM