Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The Viennese Tuning Channel

Dear reader,

welcome to my Viennese Tuning Blog. Here you will find information, thoughts, facts, and speculations about the use of Viennese Tuning in double bass music from the past and the present - and, who knows, from the future.

Indeed, even though Viennese Tuning was short-lived during the 18th century, it has come back with a vengeance. More and more players realize its potential. Contemporary composers have rediscovered it, as have curious and open-minded bass players.

Gut, steel or hi-tech strings, fretted or fretless, 4 or 5 strings, acoustic basses or EUB's, Viennese Tuning covers an ever wider field. From Baroque to Contemporary music, from Folk to Rock, from Classical to Video-game tunes: Viennese Tuning can do it, with surprising results.

The only limits are those in our minds.

Korneel Le Compte

Photo by Viola Le Compte

2017 will see the publication of a new Viennese Bass Method, written by Professor Korneel Le Compte (yours truly). Not exactly the first one in the history of the double bass, since dr. Igor Pecevski published an online method a few years ago (during the heyday of Viennese Tuning, not a single Method was published). Unfortunately, to my knowledge, it has become impossible to find since his website was discontinued. This new Method however, will be the first one ever to be available in printed form.

Korneel Le Compte's Method will be much more than just a traditional practical manual: it will include historical background, parallels with modern bass playing, the use of historical instruments, bows and strings as well as the practical application of viennese tuning in a contemporary setting and on a modern bass with steel strings and without frets, many musical examples, fingering suggestions, explanations about the importance and the musical/emotional meaning of the original articulations, tuning subtleties and temperaments, the use of other tunings (such as gamba tuning) on the bass, photos, a DVD with direct explanations (much easier to understand than written instructions) and with a historically informed version of the Vanhal concerto... all of this and more, to be expected before next summer.