Bass standing position:
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Adjust the length of the bass endpin so the nut of the fingerboard is at the level of your eyebrows (the nut is at the top of the fingerboard, just before the scroll begins). Bassists do have differing views regarding the proper height of the bass and how to adjust the endpin, so consult your bass teacher for their advice. Some bassists recommend the nut of the bass fingerboard should be at eye level, others say the nut should be as high as the top of the head or forehead. Others adjust the height of the bass using their knuckles: stand facing the bass (hold the neck of the instrument with your left hand) and adjust the endpin so the bridge touches the knuckles or fingernails of your right hand.
- Turn the bass slightly to the right and tilt the bass back so the bass rests against the left side of your hip (some bassists rest their bass against their stomach).
- Many bass players use endpin rests to help stop their endpin from sliding. Some of the devices used by bassists to secure their endpin include: round, rubber endpin holders (the round shape has earned the nickname "donut"), endpin straps, peg board sheets and carpet remnants. Visit our Music Store - Bass Endpin Rests for sample styles.