What does double bass mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bass fiddle, bass viol, bull fiddle, double bass, contrabass, string bass(adj)

    largest and lowest member of the violin family

  2. contrabass, double-bass(adj)

    pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range

    "contrabass or double-bass clarinet"


  1. double bass(Noun)

    (music) The largest stringed instrument of the violin family.

  2. double bass(Noun)

    The deepest of all male voices.


  1. Double bass

    The double bass, also called the string bass, upright bass, bass fiddle, bass violin, doghouse bass, contrabass, bass viol, stand-up bass, bull fiddle or simply bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument of the violin family in the modern symphony orchestra, with strings usually tuned to E1, A1, D2 and G2. The double bass is a standard member of the string section of the orchestra and smaller string ensembles in Western classical music. In addition, it is used in other genres such as jazz, 1950s-style blues and rock and roll, rockabilly/psychobilly, traditional country music, bluegrass, tango and many types of folk music. A person who plays the double bass is usually referred to as a bassist. The contrabass violin is the version of the double-bass used in the violin octet; it is larger than the usual double bass and was originally intended to be tuned in 5ths C1-G1-D2-A2. However practical considerations have induced some players to tune it in 4ths E1-A1-D2-G2 like the usual double bass. The double bass is a transposing instrument and sounds one octave lower than notated.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of double bass in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of double bass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Simon Hanson:

    Drummers can have the effect of two bass drums by having a pedal which is double where you only have one and the mechanism will play as if it's a double bass drum. It's similar to that in a way, i think because the drummer's not directly controlling it from his brain - although it looks like might be able to do that in the future, which has its own complications - it would for me be an add-on to a kit so I could trigger a sample or a different instrument. The basic drum kit is great. Two hands are okay and when I'm producing and there's other drummers playing I get them to play with one hand because I think drums with one hand sounds better in many ways.

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