Wednesday October 28, 2020
Silvio Dalla Torre
Chameleon Double Bass Double Bass as Solo Instrument? Tunings Playing Techniques I Playing Techniques II New Dutch School - Heavy Bow - Strings - Elements of Technique  · Playing Sitting Down  · Four-Finger Technique  · The Thumb Position - Practising in Flow - Methods / Tutors - Opinions - FAQs

The Thumb Position

In the thumb position, the "New Dutch School" exploits a technique that is used by very few double bass players, although it has been and is applied by leading cellists: the co-use of the little finger in the thumb position. This is made possible by the fluent mobility of all fingers and joints already described in the preceding section.

The use of the little finger makes it possible to employ almost the same fingering in the thumb position as in the neck positions which can make playing easier, especially in the fast passages. When combined with the "crab technique" it offers a whole range of new options for playing in high positions.