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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Standing Vs. Sitting

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[MUSIC]
So for a standing posture,
I showed you how when you're sitting,
to address the bass and everything.
Standing posture, I tend to wear my
bass a little higher than some guys.
I see guys with it down here and
everything.
But I think that could be dangerous for
your left hand,
the position you find your hand in,
and it's kind of too extended.
You don't want to see a lot of
like wrists broken heavily,
you want to have things relaxed so
there is blood flow.
You want your feet planted on the ground.
And your shoulder's fairly even, right.
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And I have my thumb is either behind
the second finger or slightly in
between the first and second finger.
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And my wrist is relaxed,
it's not like this.
See how my left hand?
Again, the trick is to be able to
have the arm approach the bass and
just kinda have it natural so
the fingers can be curled.
So there's not a big angle or
this kind of thing or that kind of thing,
there's just straight in.
And then when you come
down its a little bit.
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And this hand, it's not overly,
you should have it,
try to have it as, so it's as open as
possible here and
that's the way I've always done it.
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Sometimes even have it a little higher but
you run the risk.
You don't want this to be too bent.
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So it should be,
you should be able to access.
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You should be able to
access the whole bass.
For me it's interesting cuz I
rarely play a four string anymore.
But yes,
sometimes I might have it a little higher.
But this way is pretty comfortable.
I feel comfortable with it and
this bass isn't too heavy so I don't feel
a big drag on my shoulders I feel like I
still have an even line across
the shoulders which is important.
And you know if you really work
on having that C in your hand,
and you just kind of like roll it around,
and address the bass like that.
You won't, I really believe
you can avoid a lot of these
tendonitis issues that some
of my friends have gotten.
Who haven't been maybe
as some students and
things who haven't maybe been as diligent
about addressing the bass like this,
and not having this sort
of thing happening.
This is really good for your hand,
believe me, it helps alot.
And, the right hand too,
just being able to have it so
it's not too much like this or anything.
Just kinda relax.
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So that's I think a winning posture,
let's just say, or
a posture that will keep
you healthy for
the longest amount of time.
I also would recommend you check out
the International Society of Bassists.
This guy named Randall Kurtz,
he's a doctor and
he's always putting things out and
he actually has a nice book about body
alignment and
everything with bass playing.
And he has pictures of holding
electric bass and acoustic bass.
He's a got a lot of good ideas and
he's helped a lot of people.
So, if you look international
society basis, you can look
them up on the Internet and they have
things every month about body awareness.
And for electric too.
And I think you'll find,
if you have any questions about your
health and everything, and you're worried
about things, he's a good guy to contact.
So I really think he's terrific.
But this is what I think right here for
the standing position for
the four string bass.
Not a problem.
I'd say with my six string,
sometimes I might have it a little higher.
It's more strings and I feel like
I need to have it a little higher.
But this feels comfortable right here.
So I'm not supporting any
weight with my hands at all.
And I don't feel like, I'm not being
pushed or pulled one way or the other,
I'm just sort of planted with my feet and
looking at you and I feel good.
So, this is a good place to start I feel,
hope this helps.
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