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what is double bass???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by AGF, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. AGF

    AGF Guest

    Mar 10, 2005
    Hi, I'm just wondering that what is double bass??/

    I know 4 strings bass, 5 strings bass etc but never heard about DB...
  2. [​IMG]
    Also known as the contrabass, the double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched member of the violin family. The double bass has a compass of about 2 1/4 octaves, and to avoid the constant use of leger lines, the notes are written an octave higher than the real sounds. The great length and thickness of the strings means that the fingers are more prone to insurmountable physical difficulties. In order to eliminate this problem, the strings are tuned in fourths instead of fifths - G D A and E - to avoid long finger stretches.
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    You may know it as contrabass, string Bass or bass viol if you are familiar with classical music.

    Some of the less flattering name include bass fiddle, doghouse and upright bass.

    Double bass may be the most common name.

    Scroll down this page. Go to the basses section under DB and look at the Talkbasses thread. There are tons of great photos there.
  4. AGF

    AGF Guest

    Mar 10, 2005
    Asking is learning...thanx dude...
  5. no problem, glad to help
  6. AGF

    AGF Guest

    Mar 10, 2005
    well, I'm not familier with classical music, but I have got slight knowledge of it. Now I know what is my answer.
  7. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Bull fiddle!
    That's the one I like best these days.

    I've been learning to say Doghouse in other languages:
    maison d' chien
    la casa de perro
    casa di cane
    traquer la maison

    etc etc.

    tee hee
  8. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Wouldn't these be..

    maison d' DOUG
    la casa de DOUG
    casa di DOUG
    DOUG la maison

    etc etc.

  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I don't diug being doug while I'm diuging, duig?
  10. Perplexer


    Sep 2, 2003
    In Thai it would be:

    Bahn mah

    but the improtant thing is to get the tones right, which us DBers shouldn't have so much trouble with considering how hard we try to play in tune...

    bahn (house) is a falling tone so think of sliding from E to Eb on the G sting
    mah(dog) is a rising tone so think of sliding from D back to E

    Thai folks got great ears by the way.
  11. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    You may avoid an awkward confrontation if you are able to remember this distinction between la casa de gato.

  12. Add "koirankoppi" to your list and you know at least one Finnish word.
  13. AGF

    AGF Guest

    Mar 10, 2005
    Iam really confused what are these???