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Composer needing advice

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by earthdan, Dec 22, 2001.

  1. earthdan

    earthdan Guest

    Dec 22, 2001
    I'm a composer needing some advice regarding the lower range of a bass with C as its bottom note (extension). How easy is it to play down there? Can one play as quickly as in other parts of the instrument? Are quarter tones (microtones) possible between the E and the C?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. dhosek


    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Quarter tones are possible anywhere on the instrument (as anyone who's attended a grade school orchestra concert can attest).

    In general, the E(C) string will be a bit slower to speak than the other strings, but a skilled player can adjust. I wouldn't write something which required fast movement between the E string and another string, but a fast legato passage on the E would be doable.

    You might want to take a look at Bertram Turetsky's The Contemporary Contrabass for a more comprehensive look at advanced techniques on the bass.

  3. nickchalk


    Jan 30, 2001
    Well about quater-tones between the low C and E, it actually depends on the extension. On mechanical extentions, when machinery pushes the low notes down, it would be impossible. On a fingered, it would be, because it really just is an extra bit of fingerboard.

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