Writing chords for the double bass is relatively rare and, where there is an orchestral section, these will be played divisi. The most familiar chords are octaves, which are readily achievable. More difficult chords rapidly raise fingering and tuning issues, as Corin Long demonstrates in the clips below:

Chords and the bass section:
3 and 4-note chords, double-stops in contemporary music:

 

 

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