Posted on August 1, 2022February 29, 2024 by Dale Phillips The Accomplishment of Gary Karr The Accomplishment of Gary Karr by Frederick C. Lyman, Jr Originally published in Guild of American Luthiers Quarterly, Volume 11 ,#4, 1983 Gary Karr’s great achievement, which brought him world renown in the late 1960s, was that he performed on the double bass, in a completely fluent melodic manner. He had perfected a technique that employed the entire register of the bass with complete freedom, with perfect intonation, with consistency of tone-quality, with complete expressive control over dynamics, attack, and shading, and with a big, rich, full sound that would carry over an entire symphony orchestra as a solo voice. Gary was the first recognized artist to achieve this mastery of the bass, and, years later, when there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of very good bassists, he is still a uniquely great performer, a genuine unmitigated virtuoso who can dazzle the audiences like no one else. The immediate response to his work was wonder and delight, as it still is. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.