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Jazz Bass Lessons: End Pin

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It's important to get the bass
height correct for our physical stance.
We talked a little bit about that before.
I wanna make sure you understand
the adjustment of the endpin
down on the bottom of the bass.
Now we have carbon fiber ones, or they're
metal and they come out of the bass and
then you fasten them and
tighten them to change the height up and
down of the bass,
depending on your body type really.
And there's not many hard and fast rules,
except that I like to be able to see
the nut here, this piece of ebony.
Some places it's rosewood I suppose,
but most ebony.
Strings pass over it and go to the tuners.
I can see that with my,
out of the corner of my eye, and my eyes
are close to where the scroll starts
in the headstock of the bass.
This is the headstock.
So, you want it so you can have
your arms comfortably in position.
So if you have to reach too far this way,
that's no good.
So you have to have the height
so that you can hit the sweet spot and
pull the sound here with your right arm.
Remember we talked about
how important that is.
And then have it so it's not too high, so
that your arm's not having to do this.
Your left arm.
So, this is a good height for
me, I'm about 5'8", 5'9".
And with my arms being
the length they are,
just sort of average body type.
If you're really tall, you'll probably
have to put up the peg a little higher.
And get the bass so that your arms
are not having to go like this.
So let's take a look at the endpin now,
just so you see what that is.
And in terms of types of endpin, I really
recommend these new carbon fiber ones.
They're a little lighter, and I think
they affect the sound in a positive way.
See, this is graphite kind of
carbon fiber kind of deal.
They're great, and
also they have a fastener.
See how this is just a smooth surface?
The old kind of metal end pins
have like notches in them and
you're trying to get like
a screw to hit in the notch.
That doesn't work very well.
So I like these because there's
a little round thing that you just.
You tighten this screw into this and
this round thing grips the endpin and
it doesn't slip.
Much safer.
So carbon fiber graphite end pens,
a little more expensive but
worth it because the worst thing in the
world that can happen is if it slips out,
on the traditional kind with
the little metal and little notches.
If it slips, I've had situations where I
was playing and all of the sudden the bass
went down and hit [SOUND] really hard
on the floor, and that's not good.
You can really get a crack or something.
You could really cause problems, so that's
my little end pin advice for the day.