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The Double Bass is
Double Delicious

The double bass is presently the biggest and lowest-pitched orchestral string instrument. Although it used to be constructed with three strings, it now usually has four tuned as such: E’, A’, D and G.

The apostrophe/upper case notes indicate that the E and A sound two octaves and a minor sixth, and two octaves and a minor third below middle C respectively. The upper case D and G are a perfect fourth, and a minor seventh above the A’. Written notes are notated an octave above the notes actual sound (pitch). There… glad we cleared that up!

The instrument has about a three octave range and is also available with five strings (popular in seventeenth century Germany and Austria). Historically, two big double bass virtuosos of the past were Domenico Dragonetti (1763-1846) and Giovanni Bottesini (1822-1889).





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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice