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Bass (musical term)

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Adjective, describes tones of low frequency or range. 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 most often provides harmonic and rhythmic support, usually playing the root or fifth of the chord and stressing the onbeats.

As a noun, a bass is a musical instrument or singer with a low range: see: bass (vocal range) and bass (instrument).

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