New West Symphony double bass player and Team Strings member Mark Wallace presents his instrument, which tends not to get much attention. While you may not always think about it in the concert hall, you definitely feel it. And more recently, the double bass has become known as a solo instrument too!

Italian Romantic composer Giovanni Bottesini was a double bass virtuoso, and he knew the double bass needed its own concerto. Here it is, performed by Edgar Meyer. Now you know that the bass is perfectly comfortable in front of the orchestra!

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In a more intimate setting, the double bass sings proudly on its own. Its unique tone shines on mournful and lilting Irish-style jigs alike.

Finally, you’ve probably had burning questions about the double bass. Like, first of all, what is its musical range? Edgar Meyer answers: