I have seen my double bass teacher change strings a few times, but I have a set of solo strings that I would like to learn how to put on by myself. I haven't been able to find much clear advice on the internet - there are pretty much only guides that are full of jargon, or random forum posts of dubious quality. And I would be hesitant to follow a guide for changing strings for a cello, for example, because double basses are constructed quite differently and the size and tension of the strings is much greater.
Can anyone outline a simple, step-by-step process for changing double bass strings?
Some additional questions:
- Do I need to loosen/de-tune all the strings beforehand?
- Should I tighten each new string as it is added?
- Does it matter if start from the lowest string and go up, or the other way around?
- How do I actually anchor the string into the mechanism in the scroll?