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Why is the Bass so important in a band?

Why is the Bass so important in a band?

The bass player has the most important role in the band. Everyone in the group depends on the bassist's slight (and sometimes not-so-subtle) lead. If the guitarist or saxophonist makes a mistake, hardly anyone will notice, but if the bassist makes a mistake, everyone in the band and the audience will immediately know that something is wrong.

Bass provides the link between the Harmony and Rhythm

The bass player is responsible for linking the harmony (chords) and the rhythm (groove) of the band. This link is an important contribution to the style of music. This method defines the genre of the band, be it Rock, Jazz or Latin.

Moving the song forward

Most songs are made up of chords that can be related to that tune only. In some songs, all the chords are the same, so all the notes end up being same. But in most songs have different chords within, one group of chords relate to one tune while another group refers to another tune.

For a bass player, playing one note at a time in a particular tempo propels the music to move forward. You set up each chord in your band by choosing notes that lead smoothly from the sound of one chord to another.

Keeping the Tempo

Maintaining a constant and steady rhythm or pulse is one of the many primary functions of the bass, or simpler known as Locking with the drummer. Keep in constant look out at your drummer as the tempo of your song is determined by the rhythm section of the band.

Establishing Rhythm

As a bassist, it is important to know how the rhythm relates to the beat. You need to know where to place the notes in the groove about the beat. And you want to make your grooves memorable. If you can't remember them, no one else will be able to either — including the listener (who, of course, makes the trip to hear you play).

And, makes the band look cool

While the guitarists move through their aerobic exercises, dripping with sweat and smashing their guitars, you get to be cool. You can join in with their antics if you want. But have you ever seen footage of The Who? John Entwistle was cool. And, if you ever get a chance to see U2, check out their bassist Adam Clayton. He's one cool cucumber, too. Great bassists are just too busy creating fabulous bass lines to join in the antics of their band mates.