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Introduction

Introduction
The double bass on its side

Most people could fit into a double bass case. But despite its size, this instrument has become one of the most versatile stringed instruments, featuring in many different styles and genres.

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Playing a 'living' instrument

Close-up of a double bass

Larry Bartley describes the organic nature of the acoustic bass, how it responds to temperature and humidity, and how this can radically affect the sound of the instrument

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The double bass lying on its side

From Western classical music to jazz and even the movies – explore the versatility of this biggest of stringed instruments.

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A double bass bow

The importance of the bow should never be under-estimated. Find out how they’re held and listen to bowing effects from tremolando to train noises.

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Different parts of the double bass

A look at some of the great double bass instruments of the past, and how the bass developed into what it is today...

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Double bass-player Larry Bartley explains why he opts for gut strings rather than metal ones, and outlines the differences between the two types

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Larry Bartley demonstrates pizzicato playing, and the famous 'walking bass' sound that has been a feature of jazz and swing since the 1930s.

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Close up of a double bass

Larry Bartley explains the measures he can take to prevent his instrument from drying out

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Larry Bartley

Acoustic bass-player Larry Bartley discusses his fingering technique, and stresses the importance of precision in playing

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Find out all about the double bass and how to play it.

Find out all about the double bass and how to play it.

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Larry Barltey started to learn the double bass  as an adult. Here he talks about starting out and his career today.

Larry Barltey started to learn the double bass as an adult. Here he talks about starting out and his career today.

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