Learning to playing in tune on a double bass

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A lesson for beginners by a beginner;-) It feels great in a way to start from scratch but also veeeery frustrating I now give online “One on one” electric ba…

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Thank you MarloweDK! What appears to be effortless can be extremely
difficult as you have shown so humbly and honestly. Playing in tune on
electric or double bass gets missed by even advanced players. I now know by
your demo-I will stay on electric and leave the DB to those that have the
passion. I once took a motorcycle field course at a high school track
before buying a motorcycle. After completing the course-I realized that I
never wanted to drive a motorcycle in my life. Let others do it. Not me.
PS. Your ENGLISH is fantastic and I like your droll humor. Thanks again! 

Written By Michael Sherrer on April 25th, 2014 @ 8:04 am

and oh, where did you buy this bass and who built it?

Written By Gorgalisin on April 25th, 2014 @ 8:11 am

@MarloweDK det var stadig mega nice at du sagde noget Dansk :)

Written By Emil Sejer on April 25th, 2014 @ 8:46 am

@zakwasny Dont have that kind of patience yet, but maybe in due time

Written By MarloweDK - PlayBassNow.com on April 25th, 2014 @ 9:09 am

Im a bass player and i play in a school band and im allergic to rosinin we
use on our bows so i always get badass blisters on my fingers which make it
10 times harder to play, at a concert one time, my fingers were bleeding.
Talk about blood, sweat and music!

Written By MickyMcGrifford on April 25th, 2014 @ 9:24 am

Hi, I did the same thing about 3 years ago. It takes much longer than I
expected, but it’s worth it!! Another way to get the tuning. Many (most?)
doubles have what is called a D neck. If you stop the G string where the
neck joins the body, it will be the seventh fret, or D. If you get used to
finding that spot, then get a feel for the semitone intervals up to it,
intonation comes more easily, especially when you switch basses.

Written By fingerbun1 on April 25th, 2014 @ 10:09 am

I’d estimate that in about a month you’ll be posting your usual
mind-blowing vids on that upright. Check that……probably by the end of
the week. Can’t wait!

Written By WestEighteenth on April 25th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

“eet ees like a big ass violin”… *sigh*… I love you, Marlow…

Written By 2frakers on April 25th, 2014 @ 11:08 am

A steady diet of Paul Chambers seems to be in order here :)

Written By roswell1965 on April 25th, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

its good for a musician to push himself. btw…nice Iggy Pop shirt :)

Written By ljosha75 on April 25th, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

@Emilsejer Ooops, i slipped;-)

Written By MarloweDK - PlayBassNow.com on April 25th, 2014 @ 12:17 pm


Written By Emil Sejer on April 25th, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

“It’s like a big ass violin” classic

Written By nerdlinger92 on April 25th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

i hate when i walk pass ppl with a bass and they go aye man what happened
to your violin

Written By bigmatt10112 on April 25th, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

You going to take that out and play live with it? I’m thinking og getting
an NS electric upright. Do you think it would be better to get an acoustic
upright? Is yours a 3/4?

Written By proferic on April 25th, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

Lift your elbow up. You’re going to hurt yourself playing like that. Your
wrist should be mostly straight. It’ll make it a lot easier to play in
tune, and it’s a lot more comfortable.

Written By ithgri on April 25th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

I know this is 2 years old but you are one of my electric bass gurus and
you have made me smile with your sighs of frustration! I have had my
upright for a week now and I sooooo can relate to this video. Thank you for

Written By daffy00 on April 25th, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

real men plays with steel strings guts are for pussies…

Written By hilpilipuukiman on April 25th, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

you should try to play with a bow!! damn that bass looks hard as hell to
play i guess i should just stick to electric bass i think i would end up
just wanting to smash the stand up , frustrating!! keep up the good work
marloweDK !!! if anyone can get it you can!! :)

Written By sycokid666 on April 25th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

@bluegrasscat Dont expect wonders in the start:-D

Written By MarloweDK - PlayBassNow.com on April 25th, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

YOu standing wrong with ya upright bass ;) you left hands have to push
hard. you have to stand behind, then keep the close to ya ears.. pfff hard
to explain.. Also if you wanna do jazzy you have to do it with the side of
ya “point finger” OFC it hurts the first 3 weeks then you will lose ya
virginity on a upright bass xD

Written By Seizre on April 25th, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

haha, I know how you feel man, been playing upright for a couple of years
now, the switch is definitely quite humbling.

Written By bearshimmy1 on April 25th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

@MarloweDK But tricky thing about playing upright bass is that a warm up of
left hand take about one hour. Only after that practicing makes sense and
takes effects.

Written By zakwasny on April 25th, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

@fingerbun1 Yes, i allready aim for that harmonic when playing Cantaloupe

Written By MarloweDK - PlayBassNow.com on April 25th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

You have enough skillz man to beat this big ass violin, I have complete
faith, already pullin a nice tone in one week! Great to see someone so
great, trying something so unfamiliar, and sharing it to the world.

Written By Dean Wuksta on April 25th, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

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