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Encyclopedia > Bass (voice)

Bass (IPA: [ beɪs], rhyming with "face"), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency. Played in an ensemble/orchestra such notes are frequently used to provide a counterpoint or counter-melody, in an harmonic context either to outline or juxtapose the progression of the chords, or with percussion to underline the rhythm. In popular music the bass part usually provides harmonic and rhythmic support, usually playing the root or fifth of the chord and stressing the onbeats. The International Phonetic Alphabet is a phonetic alphabet used by linguists to accurately and uniquely represent each of the wide variety of sounds (phones or phonemes) the human vocal apparatus can produce. ... The word tone is used in several different fields with different meanings. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the lower waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... The word ensemble can refer to a Climate Ensemble a musical ensemble a statistical ensemble a quantum ensemble a DAB ensemble a fluid mechanical ensemble This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... Counterpoint is a very general feature of music (especially prominent in much Western music) whereby two or more melodic strands occur simultaneously - in separate voices, either literally or metaphorically (if the music is instrumental). ... }} Wiktionary has a definition of: Melody In music, a melody is a series of linear events or a succession, not a simultaneity as in a chord. ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity and chords, actual or implied, in music. ... In music and music theory a chord (from the middle English cord, short for accord) is three or more notes sounding simultaneously, or near simultaneously over a period of time. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Rhythm (Greek ρυθμός = tempo) is the variation of the duration of sounds or other events over time. ...


As a noun, a bass is a musical instrument or singer with a low range. As an instrument, it can be: A musical instrument is a device that has been constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ...

  • an abbreviated name for double bass (this is usually the instrument referred to as a "bass" in European classical music and jazz. Sometimes called a "string bass" to differentiate it from a "bass horn".)
  • an abbreviated name for bass guitar (this is usually the instrument referred to as a "bass" in rock & roll)
  • a bass horn, such as a tuba or sousaphone-- a wind instrument that fulfills a role similar to a string bass
  • an abbreviated name for bass clarinet, bass trombone, bass saxophone, etc (less common usage)

For the term as it applies to singers, see basso. Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, particularly between 1000 and 1900. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a commonly spoken phrase used to refer to the electric bass and horizontal acoustic basses, a stringed instrument similar in design to the electric guitar, but larger in size, commonly fretted and sometimes fretless and with a lower range. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The tuba is the largest of the low-brass instruments and is one of the most recent additions to the modern symphony orchestra, first appearing in the mid-19th century, when it largely replaced the ophicleide. ... Sousaphone The sousaphone is a musical instrument that is a substitute for the tuba when used in a marching band. ... A bass clarinet, which sounds an octave lower than the more common Bb soprano clarinet. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ...


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