- 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.
Double Bass - 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.