I have uploaded a video to YouTube of a left hand technique I invented to improve fluency and intonation when playing the double bass.

It includes some pages of music which come and go quite quickly, so I’ve put them here in case anybody wants to study them a bit closer.

Firstly, here’s a few examples of how you have a choice of four springback fingerings for any three notes on the double bass.


Secondly, here is a way of fingering the end of the Otello solo using seven springbacks.


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  1. Dear Chris,

    thanks a lot for your explanations and the nice yt videos! I am in the progress of converting to a DB player after more than 40 years of playing violin. 🙂
    A practical question about the springback approach. I am just trying to figure/(finger?) out the most convenient/fluid way of playing the theme in Schostakovich’s concert No. 1 for Piano, Strings and Trumpet, about two bars ahead of number 3 in the first movement, especially the triplets. Would you mind to comment on the this?

    Thanks a lot!


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