#1
im thinking about getting good at bass and auditioning for an orchestra. ive been told by my friends that i could play a 6 string bass instead of upright bass. i dont have either of those. which one should i get?
#3
upright all the way, they are major badass
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#4
Why would you use a 6 string for an orchestra? Your friends are playing with you, get an upright!
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#5
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Sorry, I couldn't resist. But go for the upright, providing you know how to play one.
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#6
Well, let's split the difference here. What kind of orchestra is this? If it's an electric Jazz thing, IMO a staple of electric Jazz is a 6-string bass (like John Patittucci). Sure, there are plenty of players in the Jazz arena that use and only need 4, but in Jazz, the 6 strings really come in handy (since we know, assuming there's a low B, the number of strings is near irrelevant at the end of the day). If it's trad Jazz, it's hard not to recommend the upright. If it's a proper classical orchestra, same deal - however, a 6-string would definitely make your life easier as uprights are hard to amplify, play, transport, do anything with.

If you plan on being a soloist, look into the 6-banger. If you plan on doing a lot of walking (bass-wise, DEFINITELY not foot-wise), get the upright. You're not going to walk with the high C anyway.
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#7
Upright Bass and Bass guitar are to entirely different instruments, the upright is more traditional whereas the Bass Guitar is much more versatile in so many ways.
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#8
You're friends are either dumb or bull****ting you. I have played in orchestra for a little over six or so years now. You would most likely never use an electric. My middle school orchestra was a little odd and the teacher did let us play electric 4strings. But still you will pretty much only use an upright in orchestra.
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#9
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Upright Bass and Bass guitar are to entirely different instruments, the upright is more traditional whereas the Bass Guitar is much more versatile in so many ways.

Yep, it sure is versatile. Not versatile enough for NSG, but it's still versatile.
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#10


I just had this vision of this orchestra with a guy slap'n and pop'n on a 6 string.
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#11
holy ****, thats not even a worthy question, upright hands down. What a great instrument to learn how to play. really different beast from a normal bass too.
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#12
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holy ****, thats not even a worthy question, upright hands down. What a great instrument to learn how to play. really different beast from a normal bass too.


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#13
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holy ****, thats not even a worthy question, upright hands down. What a great instrument to learn how to play. really different beast from a normal bass too.

What do you call a normal Bass? most traditional musicians would call the upright a normal bass.
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#14
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I just had this vision of this orchestra with a guy slap'n and pop'n on a 6 string.

In most cases it's not what instrumentm you play it's how you play it, I've played Bass guitar in Traditional Jazz bands, Big Dance Bands (Miller, Dorsey, Basie etc) modern Jazz as well as a wide range of Guitar orientated bands.
Bass Guitar and Upright Bass are groove instruments, finding the groove is what counts.
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