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Bull Fiddle Beauty

In 1948, a female bass player has still been something remarkable. “A lovely California blonde makes a career out of a fat old viol” wrote LIFE magazine (issue July 5, 1948) about former Los Angeles symphony bass player (and part-time Hollywood actor) Helen … Continue reading

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new issue of the Next Level Bassist

Ranaan Meyer has recently published a new issue of his magazin “The Next Level Bassist” with articles by Sarah Hogan of the St. Louis Symphony and John Patitucci, legendary jazz bassist, and a spotlight on the Pittsburgh Symphony bass section. … Continue reading

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New practising materials

DiscoverDoubleBass.com is a new website by Geoff Chalmers, providing freely available video lessons for double bass in HD quality. Geoff covers topics like standing posture, sitting position and good posture, scales and arpeggios, cycles of 5ths, right hand exercises, accurate … Continue reading

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The Octobass

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Link Tips

“Double Basseast” its the title of bassist Hagai Bilitzky’s weblog. He is a specialist in classical arabic and middle east music, and has written a method odor double bass and middle eastern music – “A Perfect Match ” The “eastern … Continue reading

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BBC suggests to use earplugs

The BBC has published a report about protecting your ears, if you work as a musician in an orchestra. Using earplugs and sitting further apart are two of the suggestions. Players are also told to consider chewing gum to avoid … Continue reading

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YouTube tipp: Arthur Harper with Wes Montgomery

While watching some YouTube clips of one of the greatest guitarists ever – Wes Montgomery –  I became aware of the band’s bass player: Arthur Harper, unknown to me until watching this footage, taken at Wes’ concert tour in 1965 … Continue reading

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13 days in Paris

Minoru Kimoto of Yamamoto Strings (Tokyo, Japan) has send me a YouTube link of double bassist Yoshi Utumei, playing arco on Presto Jazzicato Tungsten strings. The Presto Jazzicato string has a steel core with black nylon wrapping. We (the Presto … Continue reading

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Youtube: James Jamerson

The late Motown bassplayer James Jamerson, mostly known for playing the Fender Precision bass guitar, was also a double bassist. In this video, his son talks about his bass playing and shows the double bass he played. 

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AAJ talks with Bertram Turetzky

All About Jazz talks with double bassist, author and  teacher Bertram Turetzky:Contrabassist Bertram Turetzky’s career is nothing short of extraordinary. He almost single handedly redefined the role of the bass in 20th Century classical music, from one of back row support … Continue reading

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