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harmonica 05-06-2021 10:25 PM

Are there musical numbers where the double bass is played humorously?
I was writing music that I want to be funny, like the kind of music you hear in Curb Your Enthusiam, which is of course really silly sounding.

In that music, they play a tuba in a funny way, but I am not sure if I want a tuba. I was thinking maybe a string double bass instead, played with a bow, but is there any musical numbers where a double bass is played in a funny way? I have been looking but not able to find one even. Unless there is any?

Thanks for any advice on it! I really appreciate it!

CellolessCellist 09-15-2021 09:27 AM

Perhaps some inspiration might come from Božo Paradžik‘s double bass arrangement of pink panther?

harmonica 09-15-2021 02:32 PM

Oh I never thought of the pink panther theme as funny but maybe it is? I just thought of it as suave sounding more.

Plankton 09-16-2021 09:05 AM

Some of Les Claypool's performances could be considered humorous.

DianneW 09-17-2021 07:19 AM

harmonica 09-17-2021 08:36 AM

Okay thanks for the links! Well I was looking for examples of a funny double bass played with a bow and only one of the examples shows a bow. But can the double bass be played with a bow in a humorous way, or not really?

DianneW 09-20-2021 02:55 AM


Trashysnob? 10-09-2021 03:38 PM

new member so i cant post a link, but try "a very difficult piece for the double bass", i dont know if it's funny or horrifying, or both

Rahere 12-20-2021 05:55 AM

One of Malcolm Arnold's unfinished works was a Fantasy for Double Bass, and as almost all of his work had a certain humour to it, it might ge worth checking now it's been finished for him.

Rahere 12-20-2021 05:58 AM

Of course, the classic one is Saint-Saens anticiparion of Fantasia, putting Offenbach's can-can into the DB as the description of the elephant. It might make an encore to play it fast at the top of the fingerboard!

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