When thinking of a bass instrument, many people will immediately think of the double base, but there are numerous different types of bass instruments. These types of instruments are meant to produce sounds at a low pitched range. It is a common misconception by many that this type of musical instrument is quite limited, but the truth is that bass instruments can be used in a wide range of roles throughout all the musical genres. Bass instruments are typically used in the background to pull the music together and to offer a subtle undertone to give the music some depth.
There are many different kinds of bass instruments, including instruments like the electric bass guitar, the double bass, the keyboard bass, the tuba, serpent sousaphone, bass saxophone, bass trombone, the bassoon and the bass clarinet. These are only a few of all the bass instruments out there, but they are possibly the more common bass instruments used. Another common bass instrument would be the cello. While it is not often recognized as a bass instrument, but more as a tenor, the cello can occasionally be referred to as a bass in some music settings.
The cello is not the only instrument to have a second role as a bass. It all depends on the music that is being played and the instruments being used. In most modern music, most people will recognize the electric bass guitar that is commonly used in bands. A closer and more observant look will find that many bands will use other types of bass instruments, depending on the music being played as well as the other instruments being used.
Bass instruments have been around for a while, though the different types of bass instruments differ in when they were created. There are different types of bass instruments in different groups of instruments, such as the string instruments and the wood wind instruments. The bass instruments in their respectful classes will have originated from other instruments that have been around longer than they have. Over all, the actual bass instruments could be considered relatively young as they are more commonly used in the background of many of today's musical compositions, though some instruments have been used as a bass in some classical pieces. The bass may not be as necessary in older types of music. Music of today appears to make use of bass instruments whenever possible. It could be that with all the different instruments being used, having a bass is nice when trying to add more depth to the music.
The bass is often underestimated in how useful it can be by people who are not fully involved in composing and playing music. Many musicians are fully aware of how useful and important a bass instrument can be in completing the sound they are looking for. Bass instruments offer a strong, but subtle undertone in many music genres that finishes the piece. There are a lot of compositions out there that would not seem finished, or the music would seem like it is missing something if the bass was missing.