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April 13th, 2013 — Double Bass, History of Instrument, Musical Instruments Bass
In the modern orchestra, there are a number of stringed instruments that cover a variety of sounds. Highs and lows, the entire spectrum of sound audible to the human can be accessed with stringed instruments. At the lowest end of the spectrum, the double bass, or upright bass, can access the lowest sounds discernible by the human ear. This acoustic instrument was invented with its cousins, like the violin, in 15th century Europe. Since then, it has enjoyed a great deal of usage in many orchestral works. The bass is played by a bassist using a bow, not unlike a violin. The shear size of the instrument means that is has to be standing on the ground while being played.
In orchestral play, the double bass does not have enough volume, and as such it requires six to eight bassists playing in unison in order to form the integral part of the musical piece. In the 18th and 19th centuries the bass rose as not only a solo instrument, but also an integral part of an orchestra for the formation of deep bass tones. In the 19th century, especially, there are a number of pieces that are still used today in studies of the double bass and its play. Through the 20th century to the present, the double bass had started to enjoy a good amount of solo work composed and orchestral parts dictate.
In addition to its tradition use, around the year 1890, a troupe of jazz artists had adopted the bass as an instrument, In modern music, those who are under the label of bluegrass musician have adopted the double bass for the low sounds it provides. In bluegrass, the instrument is always plucked as opposed to played with the bow. In jazz and bluegrass, slap playing is another style of play that is popular, although it is very much the case that slap playing is a style of play that is considered by few to be a bit of a crutch in the way of play that it employs.
In today's time, the bass instrument is seeing much in the way of play, especially in rockabilly and psychobilly genres of music. It is frequently played with some sort of audio capture, and amplification device so that the band need only utilize a single double bass. In both genres, the strings are plucked as opposed to being played with a bow. Across a number of genres: blues, jazz, swing, polka and other such genres, the double bass enjoys a great deal of usage.
The double bass is a stringed instrument that is capable of acoustically providing sounds in the lower end of the spectrum. The double bass is a popular stand up instrument that provides a well loved sound. The double bass sees a great deal of use in a variety of different styles and genres of music, which makes it a permanent fixture in the world of music. As other instruments grow and change with time, the stand up bass is still a traditional fixture that seems to remain perfect as time shows no change is necessary to improve its play.
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Originally posted 2008-12-11 05:01:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
April 12th, 2013 — Bass Guitar, History of Instrument, Musical Instruments Bass
Instruments teach the people who use them a great deal. For playing an instrument, you can have your first example of love without need of love in return from a person loving their instrument, you can learn notes and patience and many other valuable lessons, some of which have to do with a persons emotions or morals. While some people may not understand when a musician says that an instrument shapes your life or that it shapes you as a person many other musicians would have to agree. You learn a great deal from an instrument and from the experience of trying to learn how to play one. You learn to cooperate with something new and the beauty that can come out of it. With the history that is behind the bass guitar and other bass instruments there is no wonder behind the enchantment that they hold.
The bass guitar has been around for over seven decades and was originally developed in Seattle, Washington. When this took place it all surrounded one man named Paul Tutmarc, who placed his newly made jazz instrument in an upright position rather then the hand held bass that some prefer today. He even designed his bass guitar to be played this way much like a cello but with a new sound many people had not previously heard before and truly enjoyed. Paul Tutmarc made a company called Auiovox which featured the electric bass guitar in 1935 under the name electric bass fiddle, which some people still refer to the electric bass as. Unlike what most believe, the first bass guitar was not a hallow mass without frets but in fact not only had frets but also had four strings, just over 30 inches of scale length and was easily played in the upright position.
In recent years and even going years back every person who enjoys guitar or bass guitar knows what fender is as a company. In 1950, Leo Fender and George Fullerton developed the first electric fender bass that was ready for mass production. It was in 1951 that this bass ended up being known as the Fender precision bass that so many people know about today. This was the first bass that was designed to be held like the bass that we know today with curves that are made to help it be held comfortably or even be rested against your lap as your play sitting comfortably.
In later years, the bass continued to become better known and to advance which included Monk Montgomery who was the first person to go on tour with a fender bass guitar as his instrument of choice. There came to be many other people who toured with this instrument and today it is one of the main parts of many different famous bands. It is also a part of many musicians’ hearts. This is one musician that has not only effect the people who have come to love it as an instrument to play or an instrument that love to hear but has also effected history and helped music to progress.
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Originally posted 2008-11-10 13:33:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
April 11th, 2013 — Bass Guitar, History of Instrument, Musical Instruments Bass
The electric bass guitar is a staple of the music scene today. It provides the bass spectrum of sound to the likes of rock, jazz, metal, blues and numerous other musical acts. The bass may provide one part of the larger melody, or be featured as the primary instrument. Over the course of 70 plus years, the bass guitar has enjoyed its place in the musical world.
The electric bass guitar was invented in the 30s by Paul Tutmarc, as an alternative to the double bass, which is easier to carry, transport and use. In the 50s, Leo Fender was responsible for developing the first mass produced electric bass guitar, which became the standard of touring musicians. The first artist to tour with the Fender guitar was Monk Montgomery, who toured with the big band led by Lionel Hampton. Many others began to adopt the guitar during this time, and interest picked up. Beginning in the 60s, Gibson released their version of the bass guitar, know as the EB series. During the 50s and 60s, the instrument was known as the Fender Bass, because of the quick speed at which the company began to produce the instruments. By the end of the 60s however, the instrument became simply the electric bass.
In the 70s, new advances to the electronics were introduced. Electric stringed instruments produce the signal by using magnetic coils which would pick up the vibrations and then the electronics would amplify the signal. In 1957, the split pickup was introduced which used two coils with their poles and wiring reversed. The combined effect was equivalent to the two being wired in parallel, producing a hum bucking effect. Other designs featured two coils with one close to the bridge, one close to the fret board. Each of these produces completely different sounds.
The new electronics of the 70s featured actively powered pickups and amplification built into the guitar. These electronics not only included the pickup and amplification parts of the circuitry, but also frequency filtering and processing, which helped improve the sounds intended and eliminated those that were not wanted. Different manufacturers would produce slightly different electronics, which would cause guitars from different manufacturers be used for different styles of music.
In the 1980s, bass designers will still developing and exploring new approaches. A headless band, for example, was introduced in 1979. In 1987, the fretless Ashbory bass was invented, using silicone rubber for strings and a piezoelectric pickup, creating a sound similar to the double bass with a short scale length of 18". The hollow bodied acoustic bass guitars using pickups for amplification became especially popular in the 1980s by MTV's "Unplugged" television show.
Five string basses became more popular, more affordable and more widely available during the 1990s, meaning bass players from numerous genres began to play them for added lower range. Onboard battery powered electronics also became increasingly available despite only being available on boutique, expensive instruments before this point in time.
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Originally posted 2008-11-03 05:42:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
April 7th, 2013 — History of Instrument, Musical Instruments Bass, Saxophone
Bass instruments are typically the largest of instruments, and the bass saxophone is not exception. This sometimes forgotten instrument can be awkward to move about, and it suffers from little love in the music department in terms of songs and pieces written for the instrument. It is frequently replaced by other bass instruments, with a sharper decline as the electric bass guitar hit the scene. It is just the case that there is little need for the instrument in modern music. It does have a chance that newer musicians will see it as a means of reconnecting with music of the past.
The saxophone is a traditional jazz instrument. Other genres of music do not favor the instrument, instead relying upon stringed instruments. These more well known instruments are those that are favored in part because of the familiarity of them to the younger music scene. Many older works do have parts written for the bass saxophone, but these parts are usually played by other more accessible bass instruments because of the lack of availability of the bass saxophone and its musicians.
Bass guitarists and even tuba players are more readily available. The instruments are also more affordable because of their availability. It is because of the cost and availability that younger musicians are not picking up the bass saxophone. This is why there is little desire to try the instrument and consider it for using through out the young musicians career.
Of course, this does not mean that the bass saxophone is without a place in the music scene. Changes are always occurring which could sky rocket the instrument into the limelight and interest will grow significantly.
The bass saxophone may be an instrument that is inherently difficult and awkward to carry around, and there may not necessarily be a lot of music out there that is written specifically for playing by the saxophone, but all is not lost for this intriguing instrument. If more people were to begin to play the saxophone, there would probably be a much greater call for written music for it, and it would probably be included more often in many bands. The saxophone is one of the most expensive instruments, which is probably one of the largest contributing factors to why few schools are incorporating it into their marching bands. This may also be why so many younger musicians are choosing the saxophone as their instrument of choice, in addition to the fact that the instrument is bulky and can be difficult to get used to playing. Because the instrument is so large, it is demanding that a musician be strong enough not only to carry it, but also strong enough to put enough air into it to generate the right kinds of sounds.
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Originally posted 2008-12-27 13:47:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter