Hey guys, just posted a random camera test I did on some Mozart 40 1st Movement. I highly recommend the ZOOM for any recording stuff for auditions or just to see and hear an accurate picture of what you're doing on the upright. Enjoy! :P
In regards to the Simandl discussion. Parts of Simandl are ok, I used it a little when I first started playing bass in middle school but I'd recommend a more modern approach to bass. Find a really great classical bass teacher in your area that teaches out of his own style, I used many different books with my high school teacher and it made me a very versatile player knowing all the different fingering styles and approaches to bass. Simandl is very outdated from an old world concept of bass that just doesn't solely do the job by itself anymore.
A friend of mine is really close friends with one of their AR people and at the NAMM show I just met with them and told them what I was doing and that it would be an honor to play their instruments and there ya go.
Pretty much, I only have one right now, but it was free. I mean, I have a bunch of other basses, fenders, a carvin, etc... but the vigier is so versatile it works in almost every situation. I've been trying to get a 4 sting and a fretless but they don't make many basses let alone ones that are readily available in SoCal.
@Bassfirst: I play french though...only one in the classical department at Cal State Northidge. But in the YMF Debut Orchestra we all play french. @abornael: Yes it is a nice extension indeed. I don't use a quiver, but I just keep the mute on so I don't forget it. The bass I'm using is loud enough (no joke, its an awesome bass). @Anarkee: We played in a chamber concert with a bunch of other chamber groups from CSUN, we played an arrangement I made for the second movement of Mozarts 23rd piano concert for Piano and Bass Quartet. (this piece - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LqdfjZYEVE )
Flatwounds are very warm thumpy strings. Hybrids are an in between, they get a warm sound with a little brightness and clarity. And roundwouds are brighter, punchier, and get a lot of sound, but it all depends on what kinda of music you use that bass for. I have different kinds of strings on different basses, and they work great for whatever I use them for.
Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Richard Bona, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Berlin, Stanley Clarke, John Clayton, John Patitucci, Dave Holland, and a bunch, more but can't remember any. Take your pick, lol.
2nd orchestra rehearsal tonight. One year in and I'm doing orchestra and jazz and wind on it. To any one considering picking up double bass, just pick it up and do it. It's frustrating often. It's worth it.
Nice man! I started out on upright and am planning on orchestras kinda being my career. But seriously, it is sooo rewarding. And it looks good on resumes and people will make a good deal about you being classically trained or being described as legit. lol.
I've started playing some bigger shows at House of Blues and other 1,500 seat type places. I know a few Vigier endorsees and made the connection there this year at the NAMM Show. I even jammed with Ron Thal at the Vigier booth. Amazing guitarist aka Bumblefoot and plays with Guns N Roses, although he's an amazing musician that is on the levels of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani unlike GNR themselves.