December 1st, 2013 — Acoustic Upright Bass, Electric Upright Bass, Musical Instruments Bass, Upright Bass
The Upright Bass has grown a lot in popularity in recent years and has seen resurgence with the increased interest in certain genres, such as Bluegrass and Rockabilly, although the popularity of this instrument isn’t exclusive to any musical format. From rock to musica, this instrument's influence has lasted centuries, but its resurgence isn’t just due to the sound difference, which is obvious, but as a status or image symbol.
An upright bass is considered classy and retro, at least in rockabilly, and the bass is all about the image. In Bluegrass, it’s more about the sound. Regardless of the reason, if person is thinking about learning to play the Upright Bass, they should know the differences between the Acoustic Upright Bass and the Electric Upright Bass aren’t subtle.
People who pick up the Electric Upright Bass, also know as EUB, do so for many reasons, such as its modern style and ease of use. Most people who play the bass guitar have done so on a standard electric guitar, and the EUB is a natural transitional instrument for those looking to pick up their game. The instrument is more difficult to use but not compared to the skill level that it takes to use the Acoustic Upright Bass, or AUB. The EUB is also more affordable. It’s composite and light weight frame make it easier to manufacture and cost effective for musicians who don’t want to drop thousands on a hand-crafted AUB.
There’s also a substantial weight and sound difference between the two instruments. The AUB is not very sturdy and has to be handled with extra care. This is one of the AUB’s few faults. The sound from an AUB is much greater than the comparative blunt musical sound that one receives from its electric counterpart. It requires greater skill, stronger hand muscles, and is more sensitivity to bumps and hits against the strings, which allows for a greater range in sound and quality.
Many people swear by EUBs, but it’s usually for different reasons than quality. For some types of music you don’t need to hear every nuance of a work, but it depends on who you ask. Some music enthusiasts feel the EUB should only be used for back-up purposes and that the instrument, as a whole, detracts from the mystery and character of the AUB. Others feel that the AUB isn’t needed and is often cumbersome and antiquated. To each his own, but one thing you can say for the AUB is the skills required to play the instrument make it easy to transition into other instruments, but this does not apply to EUBs.
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Originally posted 2011-04-08 10:22:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
August 12th, 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