STRING BASS< Back to Instrument Overview
Also known as the double bass, the string bass is the largest and deepest sounding of the string family. It stands around six feet tall and is used in Western classical music, jazz, blues, rock and roll, rockabilly, country, bluegrass, tango, and folk music. Like its string siblings, the bass is played with either a bow or by plucking its strings, which is called pizzicato. When playing the double bass, a bassist either stands or sits on a high stool, leaning the instrument against his or her body. Traditionally, when playing a solo performance a bassist will stand and when playing with an orchestra or in the opera pit, a bassist will sit. Even though a string bass has thick strings and takes a considerable amount of arm strength to play, this isn't an instrument only for the boys. Did you catch the beautiful Esperanza Spalding playing her string bass at Nobel Prize Peace concert in 2009?