double bass


Definition of double bass

: the largest and lowest-pitched of the stringed instruments that is tuned in fourths

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Other Words from double bass

double bassist \ ˌdə-​bəl-​ˈbā-​sist How to pronounce double bass (audio) \ noun

Examples of double bass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the background, a drummer, double bass player and three marimba players started to perform. Ruben Vives Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 There’s a lot of double bass drums and powerful things going on in the songs. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2021 This son of two music teachers is also made up to play his own double bass on the show. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The arrangement was on the website of a man called Jan Alm, a professional music arranger who also played double bass in the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. CNN, 26 July 2021 That said, the basement garage level in particular has become so popular, he was once kicked out by a double bass player. Christopher Borrelli,, 10 July 2021 Mostly, these spacious and atmospheric recordings focus on the harmonic interplay between harp, violin, cello, double bass, and flugelhorn. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2021 Our take: This electric upright is a great transition from an acoustic upright to an electric bass guitar but can still be bowed or plucked like a double bass. Michael Pollick,, 28 Mar. 2021 More advanced players may want a hardshell case with casters to protect higher-end or antique double bass violins. Michael Pollick,, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of double bass

1728, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double bass was in 1728

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“Double bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of double bass

: a very large musical instrument that is shaped like a violin

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Kids Definition of double bass

: the largest instrument of the violin family

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