Origins of the Bass

This was the very first post here at EveryDay Bass.  It’s such an interesting documentary that I’ve decided to re-post it.  Take a few minutes and learn about the history of the bass and how it has evolved over the past 500 years. 

Inside the Bass.  Literally.

Inside the Bass. Literally.

I found this video produced by the BBC on how music works.  This episode is all about the bass.

Music is usually broken down into melody, rhythm and harmony.  But what about the very lowest notes in music, that can have an impact on all three?  In this film Howard looks at the abiding fascination musicians and composers have had with the bass.  For half a millennium instrument makers have been trying to construct instruments of all shapes and sizes capable of thudding, sonorous low notes.  Only with the arrival of the synthesizer did they succeed in producing a rival to the mighty organ.  With disco, dance, and drum ‘n’ bass, the bass has arrived centre stage.  But bass notes have another, crucial role.  Far from just plodding away in the background, bass lines can have a critical effect on the whole structure of a piece of music, helping to drive the chord progressions.

It also provides a easy to understand explanation of how bass lines affect harmony with special emphasis on roots, inversions, sequences, and ostinato patterns.

Essential for all bass players!