Daffodil Double Bass 012


The DOUBLE BASS, or string bass, sounds the lowest and is the largest of the orchestral string section. It is also called the bass viol, contrabass, and bull fiddle. It is about 6 feet tall and the player of this instrument has to either stand or perch on a high stool to play it. The double bass is not just a larger version of a violin. The "shoulders" (top of the body) are narrower and the back is flat rather than rounded like the violin, viola, and cello. These and other subtle differences in shape and proportion help to create the deep, velvet tones. The double bass has four strings that are tuned in fourths rather than fifths. This helps the player a little, as it decreases the hand span needed to play a scale from 14 inches to 10.5, which is still very challenging! The thickness and greater tension of the strings require very strong fingers to play.

These are paper patterns for applique, embroidery, or other art projects. Each pattern purchased contains three regular, instructional pages (8.5 x 11 inches) plus one over-sized pattern page (16 x 16 inches) for the making of one block that will finish 15 x 15 inches square.