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.
Digital downloads of each pattern purchased consist of seven pages (8.5 x 11 inches), including four pages which when trimmed and taped together make the full-size (15 inches square) pattern master for doing the applique or embroidery method of your choosing. The download is in Adobe PDF format and you will need the free Adobe Reader software to print the pages.