Why isn’t the Bass More Appreciated?
The bass is not exactly one of the instruments that come straight to mind when you are watching any kind of live performance.
Isn’t Appreciated well
This is especially true with different kinds of rock music. Usually, we pay attention to the vocalist. That person is not hard to miss. Whether the person is male or female, that person takes front and center. And, of course, there is the guitarist. The guitar, of course, fleshes out the music and often leads to high and low points. The drums can be quite expressive. In fact, with the right drummer, you can pretty much fill the room with sound and syncopation as well as percussion. It seems there is a lot of respect and attention for the flashy parts of a quartet.
Where does this leave the bassist? Well, your guess is just as good as mine because the bass, for the most part, is invisible. And while it may seem unfair, considering the fact that this instrument pretty much holds the band’s music together, it’s also a good thing because the more you do not miss the bass, it means that the bassist is doing an amazing job. Come again? Yeah, the more invisible the bass seems, the better the bassist.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that the bass is just completely superfluous. I’m not saying that you can yank out the bassist and still have great music. I’m not talking about The Doors here, where they don’t have a bassist. In that situation, something is definitely missing. Instead, when you feel that you really have to strain yourself to understand or get the bass, this means that the bassist is doing his or her job well.
There is kind of a bit of a paradox here, that the more successful the bassist is, the easier it is for us to completely miss her. It really is because this person is doing such a great job that he is able to hold it together is such a smooth, flawless and smooth way, it almost seems like he isn’t there. It’s as if he or she is the victim of his or her success. Do you see how this works?
So within this context, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that, yes, bassists are underrated. Because music, like with any other kind of creative expression, tends to be visual. We tend to focus on the person right in front of the band – the person opening their mouth with sound coming out.
Ideally, we can see also the guitarist moving around, strumming frenetically. This definitely applies to the drummer, which is, of course, the source of a lot of background action. And the bassist pretty much falls between the cracks.
But let me tell you, the moment you yank out that bass, that’s the moment you would quickly realize how central the bass is to the overall sound. So they are underrated, but this is okay because it also speaks to the fact that good bassists are essentially invisible.