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  Double Bass - LoveToKnow 1911
It is probable that the shoulders of the double bass were made drooping for the sake of additional strength of construction on account of the strain caused by the tension of the strings.
The double bass was formerly made with a flat back - another characteristic of the viol family - whereas now the back is as often found arched as flat.
The double bass is the foundation of the whole orchestra and therefore of great importance; it plays the lowest part, often, as its name indicates, only doubling the 'cello part an octave lower.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Double_Bass   (926 words)

  
  Double bass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The name "double bass" may be derived from the double bass' size, since it is approximately twice as large as the cello, or because the double bass was originally used to double the cello part an octave lower.
The double bass also differs from members of the violin family in that the shoulders are (sometimes) sloped, the back is often angled (both to allow easier access to the instrument, particularly in the upper range) and machine heads are almost always used for tuning.
The double bass is closest in construction to the violone (literally "large viol"), the largest and lowest member of the viola da gamba family.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Double_bass   (5611 words)

  
 Double bass
The double bass is a musical instrument, the largest and lowest-tuned member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the violin, viola, and cello.
The double bass, unlike the rest of the violin family, is derived from the viol family of instruments.
Bass soloists are virtually unheard of, although a few pieces with prominent parts for the instrument have been written, including the Fantasy for Double bass and orchestra on a Theme by Rossini by Niccolo Paganini and a duo for cello and double bass by Gioachino Rossini himself.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/do/Double_bass.html   (979 words)

  
 About The Double Bass | Double Bass Guide
The double bass with a scale length of more than one meter is the largest instrument of the violin family.
Forerunners of today’s double bass, which arose in Germany at the end of the 16th century originated in the family of the violas da gamba (picture left).
Independent of the shape of the body double basses have either a flatback deriving from the viola da gamba or a curved back which is typical of the violin.
www.doublebassguide.com /?page_id=3   (1139 words)

  
 Double Bass - LoveToKnow Watches
It is probable that the shoulders of the double bass were made drooping for the sake of additional strength of construction on account of the strain caused by the tension of the strings.
The double bass was formerly made with a flat back - another characteristic of the viol family - whereas now the back is as often found arched as flat.
The double bass is the foundation of the whole orchestra and therefore of great importance; it plays the lowest part, often, as its name indicates, only doubling the 'cello part an octave lower.
13.1911encyclopedia.org /D/DO/DOUBLE_BASS.htm   (937 words)

  
 Bass drum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There are three general classifications of bass drums: the concert bass drum, the 'kick' drum, and the pitched bass drum.
With many double bass drum pedals the common use of a hi hat drop clutch is used to be able to hit the hi hat and it not ring.
Consequently, bass drummers usually point their drums at the back of the bass drummer in front of them, so that the drum heads will all be lined up, from the audience's point of view, next to one another in order to produce optimal sound output.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bass_drum   (2978 words)

  
 Double Bass, Double Bass Lessons, Double Bass Facts, Double Bass UK.
Also known as the contrabass, the double bass is the largest and lowest member of the string family.
A very versatile instrument, the double bass not only provides the bass line in symphony and chamber orchestras, but is also very prominent in rock, jazz and folk as well as classical styles of music.
The double bass is large but it is not heavy, it will fit into almost any car and with items like wheels, trollies and back straps available it can be moved around without too many problems.
www.bassclef.co.uk /doublebass.html   (468 words)

  
 Strings - Double Bass
So, in the 1500's the double bass was developed from the violone, or the double bass viol, with a few slight changes.
The bass is tuned in 4ths instead of the 5ths used by all the other string instruments.
The bass has a limited range of expression, so is used as a support for bass tones.
www.mathcs.duq.edu /~iben/doubass.htm   (382 words)

  
 Double Bass Classic
The modern double bass is not a true member of either the violin or viol families.
Praetorius noted that the player of this instrument had to read the regular notation for the bass line even though the sounds he produced were actually an octave lower than what he saw, a practice that is the standard procedure for the double bass players of today.
The doubling of the bass line was normally performed by the smaller violone or cello.
www.instrumentsandsheetmusic.com /double_bass_classic.htm   (486 words)

  
 Double Bass, Upright Bass, Standup Bass - Upton String Instrument Company
Upton Bass String Instrument Co. We are makers of affordable top quality Double Basses such as the UB Standard Double Bass, UB Deluxe Double Bass, UB Standard Hybrid Double Bass, UB Deluxe Hybrid Double Bass, UB Standard Professor, and the UB Deluxe Professor.
double bass accessories and equipment, upright bass restoration and double bass repairs.
Whether the style of music you play calls the instrument an upright bass, string bass, bass fiddle, contrabass, standup bass, bass viol, or double bass, you are looking for the same instrument...one with exceptional tone, playability, and power.
www.uptonbass.com   (1458 words)

  
 Double Bass
The part for the double bass is written on the bottom stave of the score.
It has been suggested that the double bass is so-called because its original role in church and instrumental music was to double the bass line.
Today’s best-known protagonist of the double bass as a solo instrument is Gary Karr, who plays an instrument which once belonged to Koussevitsky.
www.instrument-musical.com /bass.htm   (457 words)

  
 Double bass - infoweb
The double bass, unlike the rest of the violin family, is derived from the viol family of instruments, in particular the Violone, a bass viol.
As with other string instruments the double bass is played with a bow (arco) or by plucking the strings (pizzicato).
Some basses have 5 strings; the additional string may be either an extra high string (tuned to C) or an extra low string tuned to B. Such basses are larger than usual, somewhat harder to play, and rare.
www.infoweb.co.nz /research/music/instruments/strings/bowed/double-bass   (744 words)

  
 History of the Double Bass
Research into the evolution of the double bass reveals a tangled web of several hundred years of changes in design and fashion in the dimensions of the instrument and consequently in its stringing and tuning.
The earliest known illustration of a double bass type of instrument dates from 1516 but in 1493 Prospero wrote of 'viols as big as myself.' Planyavsky (1970) pointed out that it is more important to look for an early double bass tuning rather than for any particular instrument by shape or name.
Some fine basses, many of which were probably converted from their original form in to three- or later four-string instruments, date from the late 16th century and early 17th.
www.earlybass.com /slatford.htm   (764 words)

  
 Double Bass Classifieds
The bass is laminated construction with all ebony fingerboard and trim.
Bass is 70 miles north of NYC will delivery asking $3000 or best offer This was my "first" double bass and was recently tweaked by the GREAT Chuck Traeger.
Although it's not a priceless artifact or the world's greatest bass, it was a good bass and the folks I bought it from in 1980 had an attachment to it and were disappointed to hear I had let it go to an unknown party.
www.urbbob.com /classads.html   (6899 words)

  
 Learning The Double Bass - Forums
I wasnt a serious double basser and never had one of my own, just used the schools 3/4 one and got lessons from my freind who was g.5 and occasional lessons with the double bass peri if he had time.
Now I'm under pressure to return to it again because the exisiting double bass teacher (with the teaching service) is hoping to cut down his work soon, in preparation for retirement, and they are going to need someone to replace him.
It depends what the repertoire is. In an ideal world the double bass was built for comfort not speed, but some bass parts are quite challenging, in fact more challenging and speedier than you think.
forums.abrsm.org /index.php?showtopic=20726   (2335 words)

  
 The double bass: tuning
Most double basses today have four strings and are tuned in fourths: E – A – D – G. The tuning in fourths makes the double bass different from all other modern string instruments.
Sometimes there is a fifth string on a double bass and this is tuned most commonly to B¢ and sometimes C¢.
This extra string which some conductors require in orchestras means that every note the cello plays can be doubled an octave lower on the double bass adding a great richness to the sonority of the orchestra.
www.soundjunction.org /thedoublebasstuning.aspa?NodeID=0   (353 words)

  
 The Double Bass - Tim Batchelar - Soar Valley Music Centre
This is not as fanciful as it sounds, because the modern double bass is much more closely related in ancestry to the fretted instruments of the VIOL family than are violins, violas and cellos.
Having said that, there are basses with curved or swell backs and violin type corners, but they tend to be more expensive.
BASS BOWS come in two types, the FRENCH which is like a really big cello bow, and the GERMAN which is more like a saw and is held using an underhand grip.
www.musicentre.co.uk /www/index.pl/the_double_bass_-_tim_batchelar   (433 words)

  
 Learn How To Play Drums with Video Drum Lessons
Now you may not be aware of it yet, but there is a special bass drum technique that many of today's top professional drummers are using to enable them to play their bass drum pedals with more speed, power, and control (yes, both single and double bass pedal setups).
Tips to assist double pedal or double bass drummers in applying this technique with the weaker foot as well (it is highly recommended that you apply this method on multiple pedals, including your hi-hat pedal, and these tips help you accomplish that with greater ease).
The use of the slow motion to teach the double stroke on the bass drum pedal was extremely useful.
www.bassdrumsecrets.com   (5144 words)

  
 Double Bass Workshop DIEGES - Double Bass Workshop Dieges
There is a choice of basses built by Dieges, several carefully restored old instruments and newer basses at various prices.
You will have the opportunity to try and listen to his double basses, bows, amps and pickups in stock.
He built his first double bass under the supervision of Lucas Suringar.
www.diegesdoublebass.com   (222 words)

  
 The Double Bass and Violone Internet Archive by Jerry Fuller
Jerry Fuller began studying the double bass at age 16 and was invited to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra three years later.
Within two years he was promoted to first desk of the double bass section in addition to performing with the Santa Fe Opera.
He is principal double bassist of The Baroque Band, as well as the period instrument forces for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and Chicago Opera Theater.
www.earlybass.com   (515 words)

  
 Double bass for sale-Double bass, second hand, advertise
With hand-carved solid maple sides and laminate tonewoods for the top and back, this quality double bass from Antoni is an excellent introduction to playing double bass.
Originally the double bass was a bass viola as used in an orchestra.
The bass gives a warm, round, full sound that can sound great when well played for example slides to the notes as there are no frets.
www.musicinstrument.biz /strings_double_bass.htm   (240 words)

  
 Bass Clef Strings - Cello and Double Bass From Wales, UK.
Hi, my name is Rachel Webley, I am a double bassist and a cello and double bass teacher based in South Wales, UK.
The purpose of this website is to give information about learning and playing these wonderful musical instruments and to encourage string players of all ages and abilities in their musical quests.
A very versatile instrument, the double bass not only provides the bass line in symphony and chamber orchestras, but is also very prominent in jazz and popular music.
www.bassclef.co.uk /bcindex.htm   (229 words)

  
 stringbass.html - Double Bass
The Double Bass is essentially the Contrabass instrument of the Violin family although it has many differing characteristics.
He was the Double Bass virtuoso of the time, much akin to Nioló Paganini on the Violin.
Many luthiers are also turning their attention to the Double Bass because so few were made by the great "Cremona" makers (only one Amati Double Bass survives, to my knowledge).
www.contrabass.com /pages/stringbass.html   (539 words)

  
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We are a leading maker of various upright double bass instruments or dual upright bass instruments, for educational, personal and professional use.
Dino Fiumara, the builder of every upright double bass in our dual upright bass inventory has decades of experience in the music and dual upright bass industry and has used and built music electronics, including upright double bass, for many years.
Upright double bass built by Dino come in a wide variety of dual upright bass styles, colors, and sizes, and uses.
www.bsxbass.com /uprightdoublebass.html   (270 words)

  
 Shergold Guitars Electric Upright Double Bass
Their new stick bass incorporates the better points of other makes, coupled with some original ideas of their own and it sells at about half the price of the Van Zalinger, making it ideally suited to the up and coming, out of pocket, rockabilly muso.
Constructed with a birch ply back and belly, that bass features a centre core made of obeche wood and has two hollow chambers to help obtain the acoustic tonal qualities of the double bass.
A hand-carved maple bridge in the style of the conventional string bass bridge enables the fitting of a Polytone double bass pick-up which is supplied as standard.
www.shergold.co.uk /uprightbass.html   (811 words)

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