Joel Quarrington Releases Book on Fifths Tuning for Double Bass

Bass in Fifths - Intervals, Chords, Arpeggios, ScalesFormer London Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Joel Quarrington has just released a new educational book detailing fifths tuning on the double bass. Bass in Fifths – Intervals, Chords, Arpeggios, Scales presents fingerings for every note in every key for basses tuned in fifths (C-G-D-A) and is designed to be used in conjunction with his Canadian School of Double Bass Daily Studies book.

“I have tried to present a consistent message and practical approach about the left hand in three octaves that, in conjunction with my Daily Studies, should help an intermediate to advanced player learn how to overcome the inherent obstacles presented by a double bass tuned in fifths,” Quarrington shared on Facebook. “Enjoy how resonant and complete your instrument can feel and sound in every musical setting be it solo, chamber or orchestral!”

Bass in Fifths – Intervals, Chords, Arpeggios, Scales is available now as a digital download directly through Quarrington’s website for $10CAD.

If you’re wondering what a double bass tuned in fifths sounds like, check out the bassist’s virtuosic work on Bach’s Preludio from Violin Partita no3 BWV 10006.

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