Practicing orchestra excerpts is a major focal point for most bassists. While spending a sustained period of study with a master teacher is crucial, there are some online resources that can help. Here are a few of my favorites:
Double Bass Excerpts is an online resource that helps bassists prepare orchestral bass excerpts. You can view the free sheet music, and listen to recordings. I find this website to be a great starting point for many bassists on the path toward orchestral auditions.
This is one of our most popular Contrabass Conversations episodes. John Grillo covers the following excerpts in this episode:
- Beethoven Symphony No. 9
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5
- Brahms Symphony No. 1 and 2
- Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
- Mozart Symphony No. 35 and 39
- Mahler Symphony No. 2
- Schubert Symphony No. 9
- Strauss Ein Heldenleben
- Britten Young Person’s Guide
- Verdi Otello
You also may want to check out John’s Opera Excerpt breakdown as well.
This list covers dozens of video performances of the major double bass excerpts. Performed by top-notch bass players (and with valuable descriptions of the important elements of these excerpts to boot), there are hours and hours of helpful content in this compendium.
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