Re: Classical electric bass


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Posted by gerard on February 08, 2000 at 06:00:46:

In Reply to: Re: Classical electric bass posted by Rob Moore on January 28, 2000 at 19:19:09:

: : : I'm a classical guitarist who has just recently fell in love with

: : : the acoustic bass. I have noticed that the instrument has never been utilized

: : : in classical music. Am I right? Has anyone ever seen classical music notation

: : : for the acoustic bass?


: : I've never seen it, Bill, but I do have an old copy of a book and cassette (somewhere) with the title something along the lines of "JS Bach the Electric Bass" that had some Bach pieces notated for electric. But as far as the 'real thing' -- classical music composed for electric bass -- maybe in some avant

garde piece, but I don't know of any.

The bach cello suites transfer very nicely to the electric bass. Joquin de Pres has two books: Classical masterpieces for bass, Bach for Bass. (Bass books.com).
Check out www.basssick.com/sonata1.html as well. Stanley Clarke has had an electric bass concerto (with orchestra) written for him (but not yet recorded). Dominique de Piazza and Kai Eckhardt do some tasty classicaesque stuff on John Mclaughlin's Que Alegria. Bill Frisell recorded some Aaron Copeland with an electric bass player. Edgar Meyer has composed a lot of classical music for Double bass and Orchestra plus of course have many of the great composers. Pretty much anything is transferable to the bass guitar. There a lot of classically influenced heavy metal. Why don't you compose some classical music. If you do I'd love to hear it.

Gerard Lock

: : - Bob

: : eclectic bass - http://www.gollihur.com/bass.html

: No, I've not seen any at all. I have played with the idea - concerto for electric bass and orchestra, that type of thing. The interesting matter that immediately arises is that musical notation doesn't really cater for electric instruments. If notated conventionally, the score would be very open, far more so than classical guitar, for example. I'll think further . . .

: Cheers

: Rob




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