I wrote a post last year that mused about the pros and cons of standing and sitting for the double bassist.
Some great feedback came in as a result, including the following comment from Steve Gilmore:
In the sixties, I worked with a well known multi-instrumentalist [who shall remain nameless] who always yelled at his bassists when they sat because he thought they were not digging in enough and kind of slacking on the job. That having been said, generally speaking there is a certain energy from the angle of attack when you stand [jazz playing] ,and also it frees up your body more so you can be more fluid and move with the music.
However, I’m 66 now, and with a few ailments one might expect of a man my age that makes it tiring to stand for 2 hours. Also, I’ve been playing in a regional symphony and for me sitting stabilizes my body much more securely than standing.
How about you? Do you sit or stand? Why? Feel free to write in. We’d love to hear from you!
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