This video has been floating around for a long time in the libraries of bass students, and it looks like someone finally posted it on YouTube. It really is a must-see if you haven’t checked it out before. It features Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bass Hal Robinson in a lecture-performance playing and talking about major double bass excerpts. This is like excerpt school, folks–there’s a huge amount to learn from this video. The actual video quality is fairly rough (looks like it’s a videotape copy of a copy of a copy that was finally transferred digitized).
Sit back (for a while–it’s 70 minutes just for part 1) and get ready for a remarkable experience:
Part 2 of the Hal Robinson excerpt video (51 minutes)–part 1 can be found here: