iDouble Bass: A Look at the App for Learning Double Bass
iDouble Bass was recommended for review by my friend (and fantastic luthier/bass/educator Laurence Mollerup in Vancouver, BC).
This is a simple app with a simple goal: to help educators and beginning upright students to learn the proper techniques, teaching techniques and provides a wealth of information regarding application.
There are plenty of pictures included which will help you to learn (or teach) about equipment, the different parts of your instrument and how to set them up properly, hand positions and technique and practice and audition tips. It also provides links to info on rosin, stools, basses, bows, sheet music and even allows you to email or print any given materials for your own use or to hand out to students.
There’s a good amount of music to get you started with your practice too, which is mostly comprised of scales and bowing exercises.
I hope to purchase a double bass some day (I can’t believe that I haven’t yet!) When I do, this app will help me in my quest to learn about proper techniques and setup with the instrument.
While it is a simple app, I found it far exceeded the $0.99 price tag in pure “bang for your buck” information and as a resource.
If you teach beginning upright bass or are thinking about studying the upright, I think this app is worth a look.
iDouble Bass is a universal app, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and available for $0.99 from the App Store. The app equires iOS 3.2 or later.