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Lots of info has been published about the history, development and performance practice of bowed bass instruments. But most things have been published in specialty journals; books on these subjects are scarce, and sometimes limited in scope. Many of these resources are not (yet) available online - you may have to visit your local music library, or request materials through inter-library loan.

The lists (from the menu, to the right) are fairly detailed bibliographies of scholarly publications pertaining to the history and development of bowed bass instruments, and their related performance practices.

Societies that regularly publish scholarly materials about period string instruments include the Galpin Society (GSJ), Oxford University Press (Early Music), the Viola da Gamba Society of America (JVdGSA), the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain (Chelys), the American Musical Instrument Society (JAMIS) and the International Society of Bassists (Bass World and the Online Journal of Bass Research). These journals sometimes prove difficult to track down without ordering back issues - only a small number of specialist music libraries appear to stock up-to-date collections.