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"the best bands in the world have female bassists." - ted, brave new girl.
by the she February 24, 2005
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a four string instrument commonly tuned to EADG and is similar to the guitar but has a lower pitch. The bass is usually used for rhythm and to give texture to the music. A lot of idiot guitarists say bass is not needed but that is untrue. I'm a guitarist and sometimes I do wish I picked the bass (no pun intended). Some legendary bassists include John Entwhistle, John Paul Jones, Charles Mingus, Roger Waters, and Krist Noveselic.
Listen to some jazz bass. It will blow your mind.
by CMAL14 April 4, 2010
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The loud thumping undertones in most music that isn't crap which tends to shake the walls when played at an extremely high volume and will definitely piss your hallmates off.
Devil of Westchester: Baby could you turn down your bass?
Retard: You wanna do it?
by Reject of the Earth August 7, 2005
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A fresh water game fish. Usually referred to the "LargeMouth Bass"
Hehe nice bass you caught!
by www.eternalsoldiers.net June 18, 2003
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A larger, lower form of the electric guitar, and a relatively young instrument that can be played in many different ways.

Some people think that the bass is easy to play or useless or rah rah. To some degree, this is true. Most pop songs' basslines have a one-note range, and in a lot of extremely hard rock the bass is completely drowned out (between multiple distortion guitars and a guy screaming his lungs out). Being a bassist is a "skill-optional" thing; if you just want to be in a band and be a wallflower you more than likely can find one.

However, a GOOD bassline will make the music far far better. There are many skilled virtuostic players (billy sheehan, jaco, vic wooten, etc). Many Japanese VK bands have a very powerful bassline; Tetsu, Toshiya, J, are all good ones. And who can forget Flea. A good bassline drives a song and makes you shake your booty. And slap bass is teh pwn j00 nooby guitar.

Bass doesn't suck. But a lot of bassists do, and can get away with it because their band can't find any others and just drown them out.
I play bass. I pwn j00.
by w.lu January 25, 2006
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The audio frequencies between about 20Hz and 250Hz. New music with synthesized effects can be produce very powerful low notes, so reproduction in the 30 to 50hz region becomes important.
Flat response may not give very satisfying bass as the ear is less sensitive as the volume and frequency go down.
by Monster Cable May 22, 2009
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adds to the sound of a guitar, while a guitar makes a bass sound not-boring.
the lack of bass is probably the biggest reason the white stripes suck so much
by cream of sumyungay September 18, 2005
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