Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A Groovy Kind of Love Makes for Sweet Music

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A Groovy Kind of Love Makes for Sweet Music

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SO DEEP and dedicated is Lyneah Boom's love for her instrument, she takes it with her whenever she goes to a car dealer's yard to upgrade her vehicle.

The groovy 26-year-old Alaskan is adamant her instrument fits properly and securely in her car when she travels.

You see, the sophisticated Ms Boom plays the largest bowed-string instrument of the string family - the double bass.

Admitting it was certainly a different choice when it came to deciding which instrument she wanted to learn to play as a school student, Ms Boom has never regretted her decision. She knew she wanted to play something unique, something no-one else opted to learn to play.

"When I told my Mom I wanted to play the double bass she suggested I maybe try the flute as it would be easier to fit in a car," she said.

"But I knew I wanted to learn to play an instrument that would be different and challenging.

"It was a school requirement for all the students to play an instrument for one semester so while most of my classmates learned to play violins and cellos, I learned to play double bass."

Ms Boom admits it took "years of hard work" to learn to play the double bass. But along with learning the notes and bowing technique, Lyneah also worked hard to build up her strength in her left hand, to customise herself with the strong vibrations of the instrument and to learn to manoeuvre successfully from place to place when carrying her beloved double bass, which she has christened Francis.

"A lot of instrumentalists name their instruments because they're part of us, they're a part of our extended family," Lyneah said.

"Where I go Francis goes, even when I have to go car shopping."

Francis tips the scales at 20kg. Complete with his backpack carry case and additional padding when he travels long distances, the larger-than-life instrument can weigh as much as 35kg - quite a haul. …

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