About the Bass

The string bass comes from a family of string instruments originating in Europe during the 15th century. It is the only modern string instrument that is tuned in 4ths rather than 5ths, and is by far the lowest sounding instrument in the orchestra. The string bass was adopted into the modern orchestra from a group of instruments called the ‘viol family.’ The viols preceded the violin family in music history; however, the need for a bass voice, literally forming a foundation to the sound of the violin family, drew the string bass into the modern world. Classical, jazz, country, ragtime, rock, rap and everything in between – there has always been a need for bass.


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