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Basement Dwellers The Bass Instruments DR. LAWRENCE E. ANDERSON Founding Director and Conductor Emeritus Danville Community Band How many of us, when listening to music, are consciously aware of the lowest or bass part? I would venture to say hardly any of us would fit into this category. After all, we usually take in the totality of the sound. We either enjoy what we hear, are indifferent about it, or dislike it. Composers, on the other hand, are keenly aware of the lowest or bass part, as it is the foundation of the other parts of the music. An analogy has been drawn to the foundation of a house that supports its superstructure and the foundation of a musical chord. The bass part, in many instances, is the determining factor of the harmonic structure.


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