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Mr. Telfer

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EXPLORE: STRING Family - DOUBLE BASS

This is an EXPLORE activity about the DOUBLE BASS - a member of the String Family. 1. add 2. Listen to all the audio by clicking the speaker icons 🔊. You will be told about the instrument and what to do. 3. Click or tap the check to submit the activity. ℹ️ There is more detailed information in the caption area caption 🔗 This is the same link that is on the pink box - it takes you to a YouTube video of an upright double bass solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyUZh_Cbw6Q

8th Grade, 7th Grade, 6th Grade, Music
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The lowest-pitched member of the violin family, sounding an octave lower than the cello. It has two basic designs—one shaped like a viol (or viola da gamba) and the other like a violin—but there are other designs, such as that of a guitar. It varies considerably in size, the largest normally being under 6 feet (1.8 metres) in total length. The body itself, without the neck, may be up to 4.5 feet (1.4 metres) for a full-size instrument, about 3.8 feet (1.2 metres) for a three-quarter size, and only slightly larger than a cello for the small chamber bass, or bassetto. A double bass is usually strung with four heavy strings pitched E1–A1–D–G; a fifth string is occasionally added—in jazz band basses, at the top of the register to allow high notes to be played more easily; in symphony orchestra basses, below the E string, tuned to C. Many basses, rather than having a fifth string, have a mechanical device with levers that increases the length of the fourth string. With this device the pitch of the E string may be lowered to E♭, D, D♭, or C, or clamped to sound E when the lower notes are not needed. Source -> "Double Bass | Definition, Range, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica, 2022, https://www.britannica.com/art/double-bass. Accessed 4 Jan 2022.

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1/5/2021 Made explore activity by adding audio about the double bass. Put info and sited source in caption. Added link to YouTube video.

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