It makes me incredibly happy to see double bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people! Matt and I go way back–we did the American Russian Youth Orchestra ad Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival together in the late nineties, and we have kept in touch during his time in Chicago and now Canada as a bassist in the Calgary Philharmonic.
Matt is an active writer and has served as president of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians. He also appeared on a Contrabass Conversations episode several years ago. He’s a great guy and is a great choice for this list.
If you aren’t familiar with Ranaan Meyer’s publication Next Level Bassist, you really should check it out. This free quarterly publication delivers a high-quality electronic journal to your inbox four times a year. It’s a thoughtful and useful resource that has thrived for the past several years, and I continue to learn from every issue.
Check out Ranaan’s Contrabass Conversations interview if you haven’t before, and if you’re a student or are looking for a chance to grow as a bassist, Ranaan’s Wabass summer program is highly recommended.
Having a properly set up bridge on your upright is an important factor in the playability, sound and the long-term health of your instrument.
Here are some things every upright player should know:
The internal, not external, notches you see on the F-holes determine the proper distance of the bridge from the fingerboard. They should correspond, more or less, to the center of each bridge foot. Furthermore the feet should be in a straight line from E side to G side. Bridges without height adjusters won’t generally have issues in this regard, but the feet of bridges with adjusters can become massively askew.