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Accessories [ edit ] A wooden mute attached to the bass bridge to make the tone darker (a drawing from 1900) What do we mean by that? You can start the learning process informally from a very early age - eg 3 years old, wait until 5 or 7 if you prefer. You can start the learning process with a very small bass (1/16 size) at a very young age, however, it’s probably best to wait until 7 or 8 years old because the double bass is such a large instrument.

Bachelor's degrees in bass performance (referred to as B.Mus. or B.M.) are four-year programs that include individual bass lessons, amateur orchestra experience, and a sequence of courses in music history, music theory, and liberal arts courses (e.g., English literature), which give the student a more well-rounded education. Usually, bass performance students perform several recitals of solo double bass music, such as concertos, sonatas, and Baroque suites. bassiona-amorosa.de". bassiona-amorosa.de. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009 . Retrieved 21 July 2012.edit ] The virtuoso nineteenth-century bassist and composer Giovanni Bottesini with his 1716 Carlo Antonio Testore bass The double bass ( / ˈ d ʌ b əl b eɪ s/), also known simply as the bass ( / b eɪ s/), amongst other names, is the largest and, therefore, lowest-pitched chordophone [1] in the modern symphony orchestra (excluding unorthodox additions such as the octobass). [2] Similar in structure to the cello, it has four, although occasionally five, strings. In classical pedagogy, almost all of the focus is on performing with the bow and producing a good bowed tone; there is little work done on developing significant pizzicato skills. [ citation needed] Bowed notes in the lowest register of the instrument produce a dark, heavy, mighty, or even menacing effect, when played with a fortissimo dynamic; however, the same low pitches played with a delicate pianissimo can create a sonorous, mellow accompaniment line. Classical bass students learn all of the different bow articulations used by other string section players (e.g., violin and cello), such as détaché, legato, staccato, sforzato, martelé ("hammered"-style), sul ponticello, sul tasto, tremolo, spiccato and sautillé. Some of these articulations can be combined; for example, the combination of sul ponticello and tremolo can produce eerie, ghostly sounds. Classical bass players do play pizzicato parts in orchestra, but these parts generally require simple notes (quarter notes, half notes, whole notes), rather than rapid passages.

The double bass is so big that it’s no surprise you might think it’s also louder than other stringed instruments. Jazz bass players are expected to improvise an accompaniment line or solo for a given chord progression. They are also expected to know the rhythmic patterns that are appropriate for different styles (e.g., Afro-Cuban). Bassists playing in a big band must also be able to read written-out bass lines, as some arrangements have written bass parts. While the double bass is the official title for this instrument in most cases, it also has a few other names that you might hear it called occasionally. Double bass ensembles include L'Orchestre de Contrebasses (6 members), [34] Bass Instinct (6 members), [35] Bassiona Amorosa (6 members), [36] the Chicago Bass Ensemble (4+ members), [37] Ludus Gravis founded by Daniele Roccato and Stefano Scodanibbio, The Bass Gang (4 members), [38] the London Double Bass Ensemble (6 members) founded by members of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London who produced the LP [39] Music Interludes by London Double Bass Ensemble on Bruton Music records, Brno Double Bass Orchestra (14 members) founded by the double bass professor at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts and principal double bass player at Brno Philharmonic Orchestra – Miloslav Jelinek, and the ensembles of Ball State University (12 members), Shenandoah University, and the Hartt School of Music. The Amarillo Bass Base of Amarillo, Texas once featured 52 double bassists, [40] [41] and The London Double Bass Sound, who have released a CD on Cala Records, have 10 players. [42] Trebbi, Alfredo, "Il Contrabbasso - novissimo manuale semiserio." Milan: Casa Musicale Sonzogno, 2007. ISBN 978-88-87318-40-1.Bass parts have relatively fewer fast passages, double stops, or large jumps in range. These parts are usually given to the cello section, since the cello is a smaller instrument on which these techniques are more easily performed.

O'Brien, Orin. Double-Bass Notebook: Ideas, Tips, and Pointers for the Complete Professional. New York: Carl Fisher, 2016. ISBN 978-0825888830. The notes of the open strings are E 1, A 1, D 2, and G 2, the same as an acoustic or electric bass guitar. However, the resonance of the wood, combined with the violin-like construction and long scale length gives the double bass a much richer tone than the bass guitar, in addition to the ability to use a bow, while the fretless fingerboard accommodates smooth glissandos and legatos. Double Bass stands are made with various kinds of materials such as steel, aluminum, wood and much more while the sizes of bass instruments it fits and can carry are also of various sizes though some come as a universal bass stand. Don’t force kids before they are ready - if they start in their own time, they are more likely to enjoy the journey, hence will show better progress as well.


The French bow was not widely popular until its adoption by 19th-century virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini. This style is more similar to the traditional bows of the smaller string family instruments. It is held as if the hand is resting by the side of the performer with the palm facing toward the bass. The thumb rests on the shaft of the bow, next to the frog while the other fingers drape on the other side of the bow. Various styles dictate the curve of the fingers and thumb, as do the style of piece; a more pronounced curve and lighter hold on the bow is used for virtuoso or more delicate pieces, while a flatter curve and sturdier grip on the bow sacrifices some power for easier control in strokes such as detaché, spiccato, and staccato. Elgar, Raymond, Introduction to the Double Bass, published by the author, St Leonards on Sea, 1960.

So why wait? Shop now for your Double Bass Stand and give your instrument the protection it deserves. Buy with confidence from some of the best brands in the business. A double bass stand is used to hold the instrument in place and raise it a few inches off the ground. A wide variety of stands are available, and there is no one common design. Performing on bass can be physically demanding, because the strings are under relatively high tension. Also, the space between notes on the fingerboard is large, due to scale length and string spacing, so players must hold their fingers apart for the notes in the lower positions and shift positions frequently to play basslines. As with all non-fretted string instruments, performers must learn to place their fingers precisely to produce the correct pitch. For bassists with shorter arms or smaller hands, the large spaces between pitches may present a significant challenge, especially in the lowest range, where the spaces between notes are largest. However, the increased use of playing techniques such as thumb position and modifications to the bass, such as the use of lighter-gauge strings at lower tension, have eased the difficulty of playing the instrument.A person who plays this instrument is called a "bassist", "double bassist", "double bass player", "contrabassist", "contrabass player" or "bass player". The names contrabass and double bass refer (respectively) to the instrument's range, and to its use one octave lower than the cello (i.e. the cello part was the main bass line, and the "double bass" originally played a copy of the cello part; only later was it given an independent part). [6] [7] The terms for the instrument among classical performers are contrabass (which comes from the instrument's Italian name, contrabbasso), string bass (to distinguish it from brass bass instruments in a concert band, such as tubas), or simply bass. US minimalist composer Philip Glass wrote a prelude focused on the lower register that he scored for timpani and double bass. Italian composer Sylvano Bussotti, whose composing career spans from the 1930s to the first decade of the 21st century, wrote a solo work for bass in 1983 entitled Naked Angel Face per contrabbasso. Fellow Italian composer Franco Donatoni wrote a piece called Lem for contrabbasso in the same year. In 1989, French composer Pascal Dusapin (born 1955) wrote a solo piece called In et Out for double bass. In 1996, the Sorbonne-trained Lebanese composer Karim Haddad composed Ce qui dort dans l'ombre sacrée ("He who sleeps in the sacred shadows") for Radio France's Presence Festival. Renaud Garcia-Fons (born 1962) is a French double bass player and composer, notable for drawing on jazz, folk, and Asian music for recordings of his pieces like Oriental Bass (1997). Siemers, Brian. "Double bass". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online . Retrieved 17 September 2015. [ permanent dead link] A typical double bass stands around 180cm (6 feet) from scroll to endpin. Whereas the traditional "full-size" ( 4⁄ 4 size) bass stands 74.8 inches, the more common 3⁄ 4 size bass (which has become the most widely used size in the modern era, even among orchestral players) stands 71.6 inches from scroll to endpin. [9] [10] Other sizes are also available, such as a 1⁄ 2 size or 1⁄ 4 size, which serve to accommodate a player's height and hand size. These names of the sizes do not reflect the true size relative to a "full size" bass; a 1⁄ 2 bass is not half the length of a 4⁄ 4 bass, but is only about 15% smaller. [11]

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