Posted by Thomas Sachen on August 18, 2000 at 20:01:50:
In Reply to: Piccolo Bass posted by Al on August 18, 2000 at 12:41:49:
A piccolo bass is a viol. "Bass" is the contrabass member of two families of instruments, the violin and the viol. A true piccolo bass is one of the smaller viols or a violin. What Ron Carter, and so many other bass players play, is a miss inturpretation of the logic. A contrabass or a bass guitar is the bass(or contrabass) member of a family of intruments. What some bass-players have done is make "bass" a family of instruments, with a soprano, piccolo, alto and tenor. Which is not true. The violin family has an alto instrument, the viola. It has a soprano, it is hte violin. It also has a bass, the cello. And it has a contrabass instrument, the bass. The violin family is tuned in fifths and the viol family is tuned in fourths so the bass takes on double duty as the contrabass member of both families(because of its contruction and several other reasons).
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