Science Explains Why Bass Is The Most Important Instrument

Written by Zanda Wilson on 1st March, 2017

Science Explains Why Bass Is The Most Important Instrument

Bass players are often made the subject of band-related jokes than any other instrumentalist, but as it turns out bass players could be more important than you previously thought.

As Alternative Press points out, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in America has revealed that bass is the most important instrument in a band.

In the study, researches played a high-pitched and a low-pitched stream of music to subjects at the same time, and found that those subjects were more easily able to process the rhythm of the low-pitched stream.

It also found that people were more likely to tap their feet or clap along to songs with a prominent bassline, concluding that humans are simply designed to understand time in music better when it sits lower in the scale of tonality.

“The low-voice superiority effect for encoding timing explains the widespread musical practice of carrying rhythm in bass-ranged instruments and complements previously established high-voice superiority effects for pitch and melody,” concluded the study.

With that in mind, check out some older footage of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea absolutely shredding a bass solo below with Chad Smith on drums.


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