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Re: How to write music for the double bass


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Posted by Bob Gollihur on October 30, 2001 at 04:42:27:

In Reply to: How to write music for the double bass posted by Jason Timm on October 30, 2001 at 01:00:43:

: I would really like to know what (approximately) is the highest note that can be easily and quickly produced on a double bass. I have written some music for a bass guitar and I am experimenting by having a double bassist attept some of these licks. Please help me out

Well, quickly and easily is a relative term dependent on the bassist, but I can give you some reference notes.

The highest string (G) on the double bass is notated in the top space of the bass clef staff, but in actuality sounds an octave below, at the lowest line if viewed on the grand staff; double bass is always notated an octave above for ease of reading. (Forgive me if you already knew this, as you probably do) Playing an octave above that G in thumb position isn't a problem, but the octave above that is near the end of the fingerboard, which is not a place where I venture, but I've seen solo bassists head in that direction.



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