All About That Bass, Indeed

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Before we proceed with news about the research showing how important bass is to music -- and thus the vital role filled by bass players -- here are some of our favorite bass player jokes, courtesy of

How many Pop bass players does it take to change a light bulb? None. The keyboard player does it with his left hand.

Why can't bass players get through a door? He either can't find the key, or he doesn't know when to come in!

What do you call a bass player without a girlfriend? Homeless.

How do you get a bass player to turn down? Put sheet music in front of him.

And our favorite (not from

Why did the bass student miss his third lesson? He had a gig.

We kid the bass players, but the truth is they have an important and underrated job. For as's Tom Barnes argues, "[T]here's scientific proof that bassists are actually one of the most vital members of any band. There are powerful neurological and structural reasons why our music needs bass."

Last year McMaster University researchers demonstrated that the brain hears low tones more clearly, meaning it also can detect mistakes in low tones more easily. This means the bass plays a major role in setting a song's rhythm.

And a study at Northwestern University showed that "bass-heavy music is far more effective at inspiring feelings of power and drive in listeners," Barnes writes.

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