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 11th, 2013 — Bass Guitar, Musical Instruments Bass
A guitar tab, or guitar tablature is a system of letters, symbols, notations and other visual representations that dictate how music should be played, rather than following traditional musical notation. Guitar tablature gives directions to the bass player or guitar player regarding how they should play a musical piece. What makes guitar tablature and bass guitar tablature the best solution is that it is most compatible with stringed instruments, rather than with other instruments like the piano.
First and foremost, bass guitar tablature consists of a diagram of strings on the bass guitar with the finger positions indicated by numbers that correspond to whichever frets are appropriate. Sometimes there are also numerical representations for which fingers should be used in some versions of bass guitar tablature. Bass guitar tablature is very important for anyone who is an enthusiast and who is keen on learning new music and new technicalities associated with the bass guitar. When a song has extensive use on the guitar, bass guitar tablature is the best source for learning how to play it both with plucking and other types of fingering as well.
A bass guitar offers a slightly different shape in comparison to other guitars, such as the classical guitar, the Hawaiian guitar, the rhythm guitar and so on. The bass guitar is an instrument that is used primarily for complementing an orchestration or band sound, or filling up the sound. The bass guitar goes in tune well with drums and percussion instruments and also suits the rhythm well. Bass guitars neck and fret boards are much longer than other guitar fret boards, and the average bass guitar only has a total of four strings called bass strings, rather than the traditional guitar strings.
Bass guitar tablature and guitar tablature in general have vertical lines that represent each of the strings of the guitar, no matter what type of guitar is being used, in addition to horizontal lines that represent the frets, and dots that are meant to signify the position of the fingers. In the case of bass guitar tablature, there are only going to be four horizontal lines, each signifying the four strings that the bass guitar has. Bass guitars can never be used with a spectrum, an object that is used to strum guitar strings, but rather it is being played with fingers and plucked. Therefore, your standard bass guitar tablature is going to be significantly different in comparison to the type of tablature that is used for rhythm guitars and classical guitars.
Learning how to read bass guitar tablature will help improve your bass guitar playing skills by giving you a much wider repertoire of music that you can learn how to play.
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Originally posted 2009-01-20 05:31:41. 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