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  • Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 2

    Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 2

    Now that we have had a short introduction into the various sizes and materials of double basses, we are ready to get our own upright bass. Here are a few thoughts on the final steps. Renting For those folks who aren’t ready to commit financially, renting can seem attractive. If you are just dipping your... »

  • Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 1

    Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 1

    When people are just starting to get interested in playing the double bass there can be some trepidation when it comes to obtaining one. Both the prices and the terminology can be off-putting for someone just starting out. For those of you thinking about buying your first upright bass, below are a few things to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

    Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

    With a name like Evilectric, you might guess that the company makes some gnarly looking basses. You’d be right. Evilectric builds full 41 3/4-inch scale electric upright basses with custom designs. Only three have been made so far, and this week we’re checking out the Skull bass. The body is a skull and cross bones... »

  • What A Day: Closet

    What A Day: Closet

    Here’s a beautifully creative clip of What A Day, a bass and vocal duo made up of Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie. The band describes their project as a “musical trip through the entrails of the bureaucratic world” of the music industry. “Closet” features an interesting bass line that evokes imagery of the passing of... »

  • Nenad Vasilic: Deep Purple’s “Burn” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Nenad Vasilic: Deep Purple’s “Burn” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Double bassist Nenad Vasilic is back with a new cover video of Deep Purple’s “Burn.” While the whole arrangement is acoustic, check out his innovative method for getting “distortion” to match the ’70s rock vibe. »

  • Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 2

    Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 2

    While there are certainly deals out there, an upright bass can cost. Even a “student model” plywood bass, properly set up, can easily set you back around $2000 US. The prices only go up from there. Needless to say, most of us would like to protect this investment. The suggestions below are a continuation of... »

  • Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 1

    Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 1

    While there are certainly deals out there, an upright bass can cost. Even a “student model” plywood bass, properly set up, can easily set you back around $2,000 US. The prices only go up from there. Needless to say, most of us would like to protect this investment. Here are some basics everyone should know... »

  • Bass of the Week: Chadwick Folding Bass

    Bass of the Week: Chadwick Folding Bass

    Ask any double bassist what the biggest pain is about their instrument of choice, and they’ll likely tell you it is the task of lugging it around. Enter the Chadwick Folding Bass: a standard 3/4 bass that folds in on itself for travel. The bass has a removable panel on the back that allows the... »

  • Hipshot Products Unveils FreeRange Xtender for Upright Bass

    Hipshot Products Unveils FreeRange Xtender for Upright Bass

    Hardware manufacturer Hipshot unveiled an interesting product aimed at double bassists called the FreeRange Xtender at NAMM this year. The new gadget allows you to quickly change the tuning of an upright bass string at the switch of a lever, and lets you drop down as far as a low A. Using several together can... »

  • Holding the Upright Bass

    Holding the Upright Bass

    There are a plethora of ideas on how one should hold the double bass and new variants seem to surface every day. Some stance decisions will be made based on specific performance situations, but most will reflect someone’s pedagogical background (i.e. who their teachers were) and personal preference. For example, it is unlikely you will... »