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Bassists Discovered To Be Most Important Members Of Any Band

Crucial to a band's sound
Crucial to a band's sound
A brand new scientific study claims that they have successfully determined the who is the most important member of any band, period. Contrary to what popular culture may have you believe, the bassist is viewed as the most vital component to any musical outfit.

A report on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asserts that 'superior time perception for lower musical pitch explains why bass-ranged instruments lay down musical rhythms'.

The team from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, used EEG ( electroencephalography) to assess how our brains responded to particular notes. The study revealed that the human brain is able to understand rhythms better when its played at a lower tone on instruments such as bass guitars. With this, people are far more likely to respond in a physically rhythmic manner than they would if they were exposed to higher pitched instruments such as guitar or drums.

The findings further outlined that

" Results from a biologically plausible model of the auditory periphery suggest that non-linear cochlear dynamics contribute to the observed effect" reads the report. " The lw-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."

Whilst all too often the bassist is subject to ridicule from their musical peers, we have much to be grateful for from our four stringed friends. Like the filling to a sandwich, the bassist acts as the cornerstone to any band, locking in the rhythm and nailing the groove with pinpoint precision.

With their importance now qualified up by the irrefutable body that is modern day science, bassist's everywhere may now grace the stage with a renewed sense of both vigour and pride knowing their invaluable contributions to the world of music.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 27 Feb 2017 16:49 to category : Instruments News

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