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Old 11-27-2006, 12:33 AM
Andrew Toering Andrew Toering is offline
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yes wikipedia always has the answers
basically, summing up the wikipedia article, the viola da gamba differs from the cello in that it has 6 strings, tuned in various ways, it has frets, and it uses a different kind of bow, held differently. the viola da gamba is the ancestor of the modern double bass. Bach wrote a set of viola da gamba sonatas that are usually played on the double bass.
About the Bach cello suite editions: has a great article comparing all the editions
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