About the Instrument: 

    Although the name derives from the instruments origin to “Double” the low Cello part, the Bass has come into its own as the reliable bottom end from Orchestras to Jazz groups, and many styles in between. While its low range sometimes make it harder to hear, few instruments can convey the power of the Double Bass. Many players choose to play both Double Bass and Electric Bass, and many concentrate on one or the other. But one thing is certain: no matter what the style of music, a Bass is always holding down the bottom, and laying the foundation for everything else.


Purchase Price: $1,500-$15,000

Rental Price: $30-75 per month

How Loud Is It?: 65 dbl.

Difficulty Level: 7

Can the Sound be Muted?:

There are 2 types of mutes.... 

1. a "regular" mute softens the instrument sound for performing purposes as notated per composer request. 

2. The other is actually called a "practice mute" and deadens the sound, great for soft practice.

Weight: 20-40lbs.

Additional costs, What else you’ll need: Replacement strings.

a bow, (can be very expensive), bow quiver

rosin for the bow.

Scholarship Opportunities: Yes

Performing Opportunities: Symphony Orchestras, Smaller Classical Ensembles, Jazz Groups, Rockabilly, 50’s Rock, Swing, Early Country, TV and Movie Soundtracks


Related Instruments: Electric Bass, Cello

Pros: It’s hard to find a style of music that doesn’t need a bass in it.

Cons: BIG, Heavy, Expensive Instrument

Why play the Double Bass? Click on the movie below.

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