Thoughts on Double Bass Strings – Ever wonder what string works best for certain styles of music and certain types of basses? This article delves into the differences in string companies and brands.
How Solo Part Assignments Change Your Playing – As a performer of an instrument traditionally used in multi-member orchestral sections, much of my energy and focus in rehearsals and performances is spent achieving unanimity of blend, pitch, timing, and tone with my double bass colleagues. My goal is to first amalgamate with my section mates, then to weave this cohesive sonic product with the rest of the ensemble.
On Bass Endpins – Finding an endpin height that works for you can be quite a challenge. Many factors come into play when experimenting with endpin heights, including whether the player stands or sits, the shape of the bass, how sloped the shoulders are, player height, whether the player uses a French or German bow, the length of their arms, curviture of the bridge, and how straight they keep their bow arm.