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The Double Bass is
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.
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!
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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