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the "break area" of a double bass?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by atomicbass, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. atomicbass


    Mar 9, 2010

    Could someone tell me what the "break area" is on the double bass? I'm reading "Double Bass the Ultimate Challenge"...great book!!!..., and Jeff B. mentions this term, but I'm not familiar with it.

  2. eerbrev


    Dec 6, 2009
    Ottawa, ON, CAN
    The "break" is a term sometimes used to describe the section of the neck where it connects at the body (with the heel).
  3. atomicbass


    Mar 9, 2010
    Great, thanks! Makes sense to me.
  4. if you regard the last of the "neck" positions being Simandl 5th Position (pinkie plays F on the G string) then it is the transition area between that and thumb position (side of thumb plays G octave or higher). The LH is turning progressively more towards the bridge, coming forward and standing up higher to avoid the forearm grounding on the ribs and breaking the flow of movement.

    Cheers, DP
  5. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    As David describes above, this causes the fingers to go from being basically perpendicular and curved to the string to being angled and straight. This causes micro-tuning challenges.
  6. Two other things are happening in this area. The thumb pad leaves the back of the base of the neck and tracks diagonally down as it prepares to flip over onto the strings. The pinkie pulls away from the strings as the hand turns and is replaced by the 3rd. (ring) finger. Depending on your hand shape and the length of the neck you might still be able to use your pinkie for F sharp. The notes are now so close together that the 3rd finger is just as good or better.

  7. atomicbass


    Mar 9, 2010
    Thanks, again for the additional clarifications! I appreciate it.