Professor Meyer’s Guide to Taking Up the Double Bass: Things you won’t learn from Simandl. Part 1, Introduction.

My first advice to anyone wishing to take up the double bass is the same as Mr. Punch’s advice to those about to get married: Don’t!  But there are reservations.

First, I was happily married to my late wife for over fifty years.  Second, if you do decide to do it, make it a wholehearted attempt.  The bass is one of the most difficult instruments, so recognize that it will be a challenge, and then, even if people tell you that music is a precarious profession, but you are still eager and anxious to make it a career then go for it full steam. I was always warned never to be a musician, but I disregarded all well meaning advice and did very well

There are many things you will have to think about; tuition, an instrument, finance and eventually job hunting and auditioning etc. so I propose to write a few posts giving you the benefit of my 70 years on the bass, and if you budding young bass players seem to want my advice then I shall continue.

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