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B is for “Bass”

Posted in A to Z with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2008 by Andy

Bass: N. — the lowest-sounding member of an instrument family.

No mincing, no dancing around it, no pulling punches. The bass guitar is the most important, most influential instrument in pop music.

OK, I’m a little biased, but that doesn’t make it less true. Because of the success of an electrified bass guitar that was easy to hold and play, music’s focus changed from melody-driven to rhythm-driven. Hail hail, rock and roll, baby. Continue reading