What stringed bowed bass instrument should I learn?
February 21, 2014 11:54 AM Subscribe
For home recordings, I'm looking to learn a new instrument that is cello-like, low-end and haunting sounding, but not large and unwieldy. Help me brainstorm.
posted by critzer to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm moving into a tiny apartment with thin walls. I don't want to haul around something as big as a cello. I have tried, and failed, to bow an electric guitar, but the bowing is so inconsistent, although the scratchy and erratic sound could sometimes be cool.
The sound I'm looking for is a low, menacing, scratchy bowed sound. Nothing classical. Think old Lou Reed records or Nick Cave, something ominous sounding.
I was thinking a mini Dilruba would be an awesome thing to learn, and portable, until realizing the mini versions are only higher pitched notes.
Are there any other more obscure or exotic instruments around the world that might fit the bill?