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BASS RESOURCE PAGE

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Dear Bass Student,

This is Mr. Mario. I created this website page to teach you and for you to use it as a resource for your learning. Download the following software on your computer so that we may have a lesson online. If you don’t have a computer, download it to your cell phone.

Zoom
Skype
Messenger for iPhone
Messenger for Android
Microsoft Teams

– Click “Sign in” and pick your school email

In order to succeed, you will need:
– Patience
– Perseverance
– Determination
– Practice

So, have fun practicing hard and contact me if you need help!

Mr. Mario

Bass and Bow Parts

Click here to see the names of the parts of the Bass and the Bow

The parts of the Bow are: Frog (or Nut), Adjusting Screw, Ferrule, Grip (or Winding), Stick, Tip (or Point), Hair

Posture

There are four main elements to good Posture:
– stand upright with feet slightly separated
– straighten back and neck
– open up your chest
– gently elevate head

PLACEMENT OF BASS
– adjust end-pin so that the bridge is in line with the right-hand knuckles
– stand with the feet shoulder width apart
– the right side of the back should rest against the left side of the player’s chest
– the point of the left foot is placed under the lower bend of the back, acing as a
kind of wedge to keep the instrument in the right position for playing

The Fingerboard and the Positions on the Double Bass

Click here to see a chart of the Positions and Notes on the fingerboard

The Strings of the Bass

Click here to see the strings of the Bass

The Double-Bass is the Basso and the largest of the bowed orchestral string instruments. Because of it’s sheer size and because its strings are tuned in fourths (E-A-D-G), the fingerings on the bass are very different than that of the Violin (G-D-A-E), Viola (C-G-D-A), and Cello (C-G-D-A), which are all tuned in fifths.

BOTTESINI or French Bow Hold

Click here to see a front view picture of the French Bow Grip for the Double Bass

Here are the main elements to Bow Grip:
– rest all four fingers 1, 2, 3, 4, (index, middle, ring, pinky) on the bow by the frog
– the middle and ring fingers lay on the stick and rest on the frog at the middle phalange
– the first finger is slightly opened and placed firmly on the stick around the
middle phalange or distal joint
– the pinky is placed over the stick around the middle phalange or distal joint
(depending on how large one’s hand is) slightly opened outwards. It balances the bow
– the thumb is placed opposite to the second finger on the stick just by the frog

Left Hand Position

There are four main elements to left hand position:
– place the thumb of the left hand behind the neck opposite to the second finger
– the middle (finger 2) and ring (finger 3) fingers are placed squared on the fingerboard at the tip
– the index finger (finger 1) has a upward bias
– the pinky finger (finger 4) has a downward bias

“VIDEOS”

Click on the PLAY button below to hear the songs. Click on PAUSEto stop them.

“PINK PANTHER Theme | double bass quintet | Božo Paradžik & students” “



“Canon in D – Double Bass”



“Theme from “Schindler’s List” – Live in Berlin (2010) Božo Paradžik, double bass”



“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Variation I” by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki