Watch this truly virtuosic double bass monologue that’s almost impossible to play

12 May 2016, 14:51

double bass failing

Bassist Corey Schutz grapples with this insanely difficult piece that requires the soloist to narrate his own struggle in real time.

Normally, when a musician performs a particularly difficult piece of music, they are not required to read out a text at the same time.

And when that text is a meta-commentary on exactly how tricky the performance is, and how badly it might be going, then things become dazzlingly difficult.

Here’s bassist Corey Schutz performing Tom Johnson’s ’Failing - A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass’:

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