European Stringed Instrument, used for orchestral purposes. Found in modern music in the form of an electric bass.
by Chipwich88 January 03, 2005
A large stringed instrument of the bass register. Usually played with a bow in classical styles, but also played by finger plucking is other music genres such as Jazz. In this case, it is also known as a "stand up bass"
by TheContraBass November 26, 2009
only the coolest instrument in the world.....played by people named lakyn............made for pimps.
by miss wecb May 22, 2006
A contrabass is a large European stringed instrument that belongs to the viol family. It produces deep (and very low) notes with a rich sound. It's lowest note is the E string (although this can be lowered even further with the help of a C extension or an additional string) which is the equivilant of the E two octaves below middle C on piano. The contrbass is common (although not nearly as common as a cello or violin) in jazz or classical pieces, although does not go very far in many other genres. Generally, the contrabass plays the harmony and is rarely given solos.
by Vyxyn December 07, 2010