In singing, the bass (or basso) is the low male voice and the lowest of all six voice types. A bass is typically classified by a vocal range extending two octaves from around the second E below middle C to the E above middle C (E2–E4). The tessitura, or comfortable range, is normally defined by the outermost lines of the bass clef.

The deep, booming sound of the bass seems to come from dark caverns and the bass is usually called to perform the roles of kings, priests, fathers/grandfathers, gods, and Satan.

Some pop singers are basses, although the vocal subcategories used in opera are not applied to them. Examples include Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Thurl Ravenscroft, William Warfield, Harold Reid, Vladamir Miller, Burman Porter, Gary Miller, Wes McKinzie, Tim Duncan, Robert C Guy, Duane Adams, Gary Evans, Richard Sterban, Eric Bennett, George Younce, Christian Davis, Mike Holcomb, Jeff Pearles, Tim Storms, JD Sumner, and Steve Cross.
In popular music, there is not much attention paid to the bass. In classical music, basses are prized.

Based on vocal weight and voice type, basses can be further divided into the following subcategories:

Basso cantante: a light, lyrical voice suited to smooth, sweet singing. Usually in Italian and French opera; the closest German and English equivalent is the bass-baritone.

Basso-buffo: "buffoon bass", comes in both lyric and dramatic weight, but generally this deep, flexible voice is usually used for comical roles.

Basso-profondo: "deep bass", comes in lyric an dramatic weight, and is the lowest, darkest bass. Usually reserved for serious, elegant roles. Examples include Feodor Chaliapin, Maxim Mikhailov, Martti Talvela, Matti Salminen, Kurt Moll, an Kurt Rydl.
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A misunderstood and underestimated instrument. Some retards with no musical sense think that a bass player is a lesser form than a guitar player but they don't realise that in many songs, a guitar would sound very shitty without the bass. Same goes for the guitar, a bass sounds... boring without a guitar. The two go hand in hand, whether added synthetically or actually played. I am a bassist and I have never layed hands on a guitar, they just don't interest me. So alot of bassists aren't failed guitarist. I chose to be a bassist because I love the sound and have an appreciation for its importance.
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God. God played bass. It's as simple as that.
God was the drummer for "Heaven", until their bassist, Lucifer, got fired. Then, God had to fill in for Lucifer on bass.
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When pronounced "base"--
1: Guitar-like stringed instrument used in bands and orchestras.
2: The ever-popular bass guitar, which is used by many smaller bands.
3: Any other instrument or item that emits low-pitched, rumbling sounds. Ex.: A bass trombone, bass-boost speaker system, and so on.
4: The lowest voice division in choir, hopefully composed of males. Basses aren't always able to sing something worthy of Barry White but they're typically on the lower end of the voice spectrum.

When pronounced "bass"--
A common type of fish; sometimes "bass" is used to refer to a single species of this type, ex.: largemouth bass.
"Base"--
1: Johnny plays the bass in the orchestra.
2: Dude, that garage band has THE best bass player I've ever seen.
3: That speaker system is tight! I love that rumblin' bass line, man.
4: I am a Bass in the church choir.

"Bass"
1: 'Ey, Joe, let's go bass fishing. My wife is being an evil bitch.
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an instrument shaped, held, and fingered much like a guitar, only cooler. bass players happen to be much much sexier than guitar players, despite popular belief. i would bang any bass player in a second, provided he was any good. double points if he's british..
Lisa: that guitarist is a glory hog, but the bass player is talented
Me: and damn sexy.
Lisa: agreed.
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A four stringed instrument, part of the rhythm section in a band. No band is complete without a bassist.
Bass is, after all, the sexiest instrument.
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what all good music is about.
eric clapton doesn't know the meaning of bass
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1. Instrument designed as a modern replacement for the Double Bass (or Contrabass or Upright Bass or String Bass or whatever you wanna call it). It is tuned the same as the Upright Bass (or Contrabass or Double Bass or String Bass) or an octave lower than the bottom four strings of a guitar (both mean the same thing, so it's not that big of a deal what you say).
2. A fish.
1. Anyone who thinks bassists are failed guitarists should probably be shot.
2. Let's call our clan the Large Mouth Vampire Hunters!
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