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Bass guitar players 'are underrated'

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Bass guitar players are often not given the credit they deserve, according to one music specialist.

Writing for the Examiner, Arturo Carrejo described bass players as the "glue" that holds a song together.

However, he stated that bassists tend to be highly underrated and are "seldom given credit for their important role in a group".

Mr Carrejo said a band without a bass guitar would sound "hollow", as it serves as a bridge between the rhythm and the upfront melody.

Despite their important role, he noted that bassists only tend to stand out when they adopt a flash or stylish way of playing.

Indeed, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson - bass players in The Beatles and The Beach Boys respectively - both drew high praise for their melodic bass lines when they engaged in a friendly competition during the 1960s.

"Most are content with just laying out a solid foundation on which to build tune after tune," Mr Carrejo added.

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Posted on 24 Jul 2009 11:12 to category : Instruments News

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