"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature can not do without." ~Confucius

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Learning About Instruments - Double Bass

The boys both have a current love of the Double Bass, or in their description, "the BIG double bass!!" Whether they only love it because it's huge, or because of its sonorous, low timbre, I don't know... but I will take it and run with it for now! :-)

For 'art time' today, we made a simple picture with the Double Bass. Here it is if you would find it helpful for an instrument your little one shows a fancy to. I planned to incorporate each boy drawn into the picture and also make a connection to the letter "d" for double bass.

Gather some materials:
Picture of instrument, crayons/markers, glue, and a cut-out picture of your child's face (from an extra photo or printed off your computer). We also had two thin black strips to glue on as the bow.

I do a google image search for coloring pages (i.e. bass violin coloring page) when I do these sorts of activities as they are easy to transfer to a Word doc and then format, and they often have nice, clear lines.

Print out your pictures and have children color them appropriate to instrument's color (if they'll cooperate and aren't feeling unusually creative... "No, I want a purple Double Bass!" etc...).

Bonus points for having a YouTube, etc. video of the instrument being performed in the background for reference. This one was an awesome tango for double bass.

After they colored, we made the educational connection to "D for double bass", since it makes "d" sounds when plucked (like, "Da dum, dum dum, dee, dee, dum, dum, etc...) So, they drew some "D"'s coming from the instrument.

Then, we glued on each boy's face, and they completed the body, with hands on the instrument, then, finally they glued the bow on.

Simple, hopefully meaningful - and the more exposure, the better!



  1. I love this! Instrument and musical education is so important! Thanks for sharing this. I'd love for you to share it on my new linky, Share and Tell!

  2. Thanks for visiting and for the link over to your blog!

  3. What a great way to teach them about an instrument. Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That!

  4. I love they way you are combining music, with learning letters and their sounds, and art too! This is a really creative lesson. My daughter plays the violin and we once visited a museum of string instruments in Mittenwald, Germany.

    It would be great if you linked up with Hobbies and Handicrafts. http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2013/02/hobbies-and-handicrafts-feb-1.html

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Julie! I have a love for Germany myself, as most of my father's family still lives there! Thanks for the link to your site, looks like you have a lot going on over there! :-)