“It’s all about the bass, no treble.” Meghan Trainor

If you have been singing along to this catchy song by Meghan Trainor understanding the figurative meaning but not knowing what you were literally singing about, it’s time that we tell you that bass notes are low notes and treble notes are generally higher.

So if you prefer bass (lower notes), you should consider learning how to play the double bass.

Still keeping within the violin family, the double bass is a larger instrument. Aside from being larger in size, it is the one instrument within the violin family that produces the lowest pitch. We say that double bass is an octave lower than the cello.

If you are aiming to play a larger instrument with a higher pitch, perhaps read more about playing the cello.

Why have you only heard of double bass now?

In all honesty, you may have only heard of the instrument double bass only now because this instrument is referred to by one of its many names such as bass, string bass, contrabass, bass fiddle. Many bands also refer to the double bass as, “Doghouse”. With so many names for one instrument, it’s no wonder the idea of playing double bass sounds highly unfamiliar.

Speaking of unfamiliar, the double bass looks unlike any other member of the violin family as well. In terms of design, it is shaped much like the viola and not anything like the traditional violin. The double bass is about 1.8 meters in length and you have to admit that it is a larger instrument. It is the largest bowed instrument in the orchestra and you must admit that playing this instrument would be exciting, to say the least.

Do you know how double bass got its name? If you haven’t a clue about the origin of double bass, maybe consider starting double bass classes to learn more.

Double bass or doghouse
The double bass is the largest instrument in the violin family. Source: Unsplash
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What to Expect from Double Bass Lessons?

You were curious to find out how double bass got its name. While you will find out everything from the history to the origins of double bass in double bass lessons, we are about to let the cat out of the bag about how double bass got its name. Double bass got its name as it was meant to double the bass line of large ensembles.

Do you think you will learn how to play double bass from double bass lessons? Well, you won’t only learn one way to play double bass but rather a few ways to play double bass.

With the double bass, you can actually play the instrument in multiple ways. The trick to manipulating this instrument as you see fit is to have the needed confidence to do so. Your double bass instructor will teach you how to play the instrument using some tried and tested techniques:

  1. Bowing: Bowing is a technique that resembles the technique we use to play both the violin and cello and involves making bow strokes.
  2. Striking: The striking technique involves a musician striking the strings to produce a sound. For this technique, the double bass player needs to utilise his or her index finger to strike the strings.
  3. Slap bass: The slap bass technique requires the double bass player to pull at the strings and release them. The strings slapping against the fingerboard results in notes with added rhythm and beat.

When you start playing double bass, you will learn to focus on your left hand playing the notes but all too soon you will realise that you also need to focus on keeping your bow arm. Everything from the positioning of your bow arm to the speed at which you play will determine if you are a good bass player or a great bass player. If you want to learn more bow arm positioning hints, enroll in double bass lessons near you.

Do you want to learn to play the viola too?

The double bass is a versatile instrument.
There are different ways you can play the double bass, including plucking or slapping the strings. Photo credit: andre.m(eye)r.vitali on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

The Difference that Having a Double Bass Teacher can Make

If you are a beginner double bass player, a double bass instructor can step in and help you decide upon the kind of instrument that you need to purchase. There are many fabulous double bass deals offered via the internet. Your double bass instructor may warn you against buying your instrument from a vendor who seems unreliable. You want to be sure to get a genuine product.

You must also get a feel of the instrument before you settle on the instrument and actually buy it. When you choose a double bass, make sure that you take some of your double bass teacher’s tips into consideration. You will recall that the very essence of playing the double bass well is to have good posture. Try to ensure that your shoulders are loose especially when you lift your arms to play. See how the double bass that you intend on buying looks when positioned in your arms. Make sure to see in a mirror so you can decide which double bass instrument suits you the best.

One of the most fundamental difficulties that bass players face is overdoing it when they play. Your double bass teacher will ensure that you are not overdoing your movement and strokes and constantly reminding you that your thumb can come in handy.

Online Double Bass Lessons

You must remember that wanting to take music lessons with a double bass teacher need not only be for beginner double bass players. Intermediate and novice players can reap the benefits of being instructed about how to play the double bass properly. Practicing and visualising is key in playing double bass and therefore an instructor is beneficial in ensuring that you practice your basics every time that you are warming up prior to the lesson beginning.

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Perhaps you are highly interested in taking double bass lessons, however, you are unable to travel to a certain location for these classes. In that case, you can turn to double bass classes online.

You may even be lucky enough to have a different offering in the lessons that you take with your online music tutor. You can choose from a variety of categories with online double bass tutorials.

Some of the online options being offered for music lovers who enjoy playing the double bass instrument in particular:

  • Beginner's Lessons
  • Bowing Technique
  • Walking Bass
  • Scales and Arpeggios
  • Thumb Position
  • Solo Double Bass Playing
  • General Double Bass Technique
  • Classical Music
  • Jazz Music
  • Orchestral Performance Tips
  • Gigging Tips

Where Should You Start Looking For Online Double Bass Lessons?

Well, if you are considering taking online double bass lessons, a good starting point would be to visit the Superprof website. Superprof is a website that is tailor-made to suit and adapt to the learning needs of their clients.

Superprof showcases a range of musical tutors, all of who are eager and willing to turn your passion for music into a recognisable talent.

All tutors boast their own range of experience and with so many tutors online, you can choose a price for these lessons that fall within your respective budget.

A simple search on Superprof could yield the best results in finding the right double bass instructor for you. Aside from finding tutors offering lessons in and around your area, you can also find double bass tutors who are keen on using video conferencing applications to offer these lessons. An added perk of online classes is that you end up saving far more money and need not have to worry about wasting time traveling to and from the tutor back home. Tutors usually set more reasonable fees for online tutorials as they save on travel costs as well and they also consider the ease at which they can give these lessons.

An added benefit of picking an online double bass tutor from Superprof is that you can test the waters first before you commit. Most Superprof tutors offer their first lesson free so that you can get a taste of what it would be like to learn how to play an instrument with a respective tutor. If you are in harmony with your viola or violin tutor, why not choose to play low bass notes with him or her too.

When your life feels too hectic, online double bass classes can be appropriately scheduled into your day without having to upset the daily humdrum.

Who knows, with the right tutor, you may not only be eager to play double bass but equally as eager to buy accessories for your double bass too.

Your ability to play the double bass or any other instrument in the violin family rests in your hands.

So what are you waiting for?

Strike those strings with the help of a Superprof online double bass teacher. Learn well, play well, and sound well!

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Laila

Laila is an enthusiastic English educator and a fun-filled freelance writer. She has accomplished her dream of getting her first book published and has managed to write over 1 000 000 words since beginning her freelance career. In her free time, she is a travel blogger who explores all South Africa has to offer.