English horn and Electric bass
The English horn is another double reed instrument found in the woodwind family similar to the bassoon.
It is thought to have originated in Silesia around 1720. It is very similar to an oboe (return on the 17th for more), but is longer and has a bell shaped. The reed is also slightly angled on an English horn. The fingerings are the same on both instruments but the English horn is a fifth lower. An F played on an English horn would be the same as a C played on an oboe.
I play the electric bass so I cannot abandon it in today's post. I started playing electric bass in 9th grade because I wanted to play in the high school jazz band. I taught myself and I was horrible for the first year until I started getting pointers from friends.
This carried on to playing in college and tried my hand at the rock band thing for a while but it didn't work out. The bass was always my "fun" instrument and I had a lot of fun with it.
The electic bass most commonly has 4 strings tuned to E, A, D, and G although some have 5 or 6 strings. Since my hands are small, 4 strings were enough for me.
One of my favorite bass players was Stu Hamm. Listen below to see why...