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Thread #155925   Message #3673047
Posted By: PHJim
30-Oct-14 - 11:42 AM
Thread Name: Double Bass: Why called?
Subject: RE: Double Bass: Why called?
Also called String bass, Stand-up bass, Doghouse bass...

I'm not familiar with the standard bass viol that GUEST,Blandy mentioned. If the double bass is an octave below the standard bass viol, then the bass viol must be tuned the same as the 3rd to 6th strings of a guitar in standard tuning.

A full size string bass is rarely seen outside of orchestras. Most jazz, bluegrass, rockabilly, folk musicians use 3/4 basses. Even guys who are 6'5" seem to use 3/4 basses.