The Bass in Jazz Music
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: Phil Dunlap and his guest Nick Jost discuss the basics of the bass. They’ll demonstrate the acoustic and the electric bass, and clue you in as to who was the pioneer of pizzicato.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: DJazz-27**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • View the video as part of your study of music to help students understand the acoustic bass as an instrument, what it can do, and how to play it.
  • Use the video to help students learn the terms pizzicato, arco, and classical pizzicato. If a bass is available, have students practice those techniques on the instrument.


*Topical videos are filmed on location in the classroom/workspace/laboratory, in studio, or a combination of both to explain and/or demonstrate specific concepts, events, topics, or processes.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.