Tonight I had a revealing experience. Clarke had me in to play the double bass on a piece for our demo. We needed something to contrast the violin we have used so much. Well, what I learned was double bladed: First, that the double bass is not a beautiful solo instrument—in fact, it can sound downright funny. Second, I am not the beautiful instrument I wish I were! I just couldn’t play beautifully tonight; as much as I tried.
One positive aspect of the experience is that we got to try out the new “Fat Head” ribbon microphone we just purchased. The ribbon mics are wonderful for instrumental music. It almost made even me sound good.