Why do you call a 'double bass' a double bass?
In case you've wondered, here my free music lesson!
The double bass gets its name from baroque times, when it "doubled the bass" part of the harpsichord continuo.
As it so happens, you often get a freebie thrown in by me; sort of a 'Thank You' for looking at my photos… :-)
To me one of the best things about double basses is that you can
combine them with just about any and every music; whereas the other
string instruments limit you somewhat in your field (unless you're
Vanessa …. or Nigel Kennedy - but that's another story altogether!)
Another amusing token about double basses is that they are very often (more often than not…) played by quite tiny women and they even out their physical size with all the more verve and vigour (head shaking, throwing arms in the air in between, eccentric clothing) - all of which I greatly admire and quietly love! - And then I go back to my 'just brown' cello with no attitude at all; just a beautiful tone (if I manage to get it out of the instrument!) - happy and content that I don't have to put on a show but can melt into the background of any ensemble :)
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