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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
double bass
▪ He wrote prolifically for the double bass, as well as for other solo instruments and ensembles.
▪ I met him at a dance, a nice soldier who was playing double bass in the band.
▪ The normal layout of the string orchestra is in four-part harmony, the double bass either doubling the cellos or being silent.
▪ Then I took up the double bass and organ for good measure.
▪ This is even more pronounced on a double bass which has even lower-pitched notes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
double bass

Violone \Vi`o*lo"ne\, n. [It. violone, augment. of viola a viol. See Viol.] (Mus.) The largest instrument of the bass-viol kind, having strings tuned an octave below those of the violoncello; the contrabasso; -- called also double bass. [Written also violono.]

double bass

n. 1 (context music English) The largest stringed instrument of the violin family. 2 The deepest of all male voices.

double bass

n. largest and lowest member of the violin family [syn: bass fiddle, bass viol, bull fiddle, contrabass, string bass]

Double bass

The double bass or simply the bass (and numerous other names) is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra. It is a transposing instrument and is typically notated one octave higher than sounding to avoid excessive ledger lines. The double bass is the only modern bowed string instrument that is tuned in fourths (like a viol), rather than fifths, with strings usually tuned to E1, A1, D2 and G2. The instrument's exact lineage is still a matter of some debate, with scholars divided on whether the bass is derived from the viol or the violin family.

The double bass is a standard member of the orchestra's string section, as well as the concert band, and is featured in concertos, solo and chamber music in Western classical music. The bass is used in a range of other genres, such as jazz, 1950s-style blues and rock and roll, rockabilly/ psychobilly, traditional country music, bluegrass, tango and many types of folk music.

The double bass is played either with a bow (arco) or by plucking the strings ( pizzicato). In orchestral repertoire and tango music, both arco and pizzicato are employed. In jazz, blues, and rockabilly, pizzicato is the norm. While classical music uses just the natural sound produced acoustically by the instrument, in jazz, blues, and related genres, the bass is typically amplified with an amplifier and speaker.

Double Bass (album)

Double Bass' is an album by bassists Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Sam Jones which was recorded in 1976 and released on the Danish SteepleChase label.