- The violoncello is the second largest member
of the string family. It has a warm, melodious sound and is used as
a solo instrument as well as providing a bass line in symphonic and
chamber music. The cello is played sitting down and normally with a
bow. Composers that have written music for the cello include Bach, Haydn,
Dvorak, Elgar and Saint Saens.
- Also known as the contrabass, the double bass
is the largest and lowest member of the string family. A very versatile
instrument, the double bass not only provides the bass line in symphony
and chamber orchestras, but is also very prominent in jazz and popular
music. Being very closely related to the bass guitar, many double bass
players find it a natural progression to play the bass guitar as well.