I had been working on this thesis for quite a while when a lecturer pointed out the importance of having a clear idea of who I was writing this thesis for (excluding the fact that I am in part researching how to expand my own boundaries as a bass player). After giving the matter some though, I hereby state that the recipiant of this thesis is anyone who has an interest in the upright bass as an instrument, be it a classically educated orchestra player or an amateur with an interest in the notion of the upright bass as something other than the typical "player of root notes".
I strongly believe in the idea that every genre, style of music, musician and instrument is nearly infinite in terms of what can be achieved given enough time, dedication, love and curiority. When applying to the masters programme, I was in part inspired by my own teacher and mentor Anders Jormin, who utilizes many of the techniques that will be presented in this thesis with incredible finesse and skill, as well as norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen, who somehow has made his instrument sound like a traditional japanese shakuhachi at will. Another example is an american beatboxer going by the name Butterscotch, who has honed her skills to include bass lines and melodies on top of her already rhythmically advanced beatboxing. This approach to music, this curiosity and love for exploring, is very much why I decided to write this work.
I do hope that you will enjoy this thesis, which will now continue in the method and Theory and Implementation sections. (link below)