Bass instruments are typically the largest of instruments, and the bass saxophone is not exception. This sometimes forgotten instrument can be awkward to move about, and it suffers from little love in the music department in terms of songs and pieces written for the instrument. It is frequently replaced by other bass instruments, with a sharper decline as the electric bass guitar hit the scene. It is just the case that there is little need for the instrument in modern music. It does have a chance that newer musicians will see it as a means of reconnecting with music of the past.
The saxophone is a traditional jazz instrument. Other genres of music do not favor the instrument, instead relying upon stringed instruments. These more well known instruments are those that are favored in part because of the familiarity of them to the younger music scene. Many older works do have parts written for the bass saxophone, but these parts are usually played by other more accessible bass instruments because of the lack of availability of the bass saxophone and its musicians.
Bass guitarists and even tuba players are more readily available. The instruments are also more affordable because of their availability. It is because of the cost and availability that younger musicians are not picking up the bass saxophone. This is why there is little desire to try the instrument and consider it for using through out the young musicians career.
Of course, this does not mean that the bass saxophone is without a place in the music scene. Changes are always occurring which could sky rocket the instrument into the limelight and interest will grow significantly.
The bass saxophone may be an instrument that is inherently difficult and awkward to carry around, and there may not necessarily be a lot of music out there that is written specifically for playing by the saxophone, but all is not lost for this intriguing instrument. If more people were to begin to play the saxophone, there would probably be a much greater call for written music for it, and it would probably be included more often in many bands. The saxophone is one of the most expensive instruments, which is probably one of the largest contributing factors to why few schools are incorporating it into their marching bands. This may also be why so many younger musicians are choosing the saxophone as their instrument of choice, in addition to the fact that the instrument is bulky and can be difficult to get used to playing. Because the instrument is so large, it is demanding that a musician be strong enough not only to carry it, but also strong enough to put enough air into it to generate the right kinds of sounds.
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Originally posted 2008-12-27 13:47:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
The electric bass guitar is a staple of the music scene today. It provides the bass spectrum of sound to the likes of rock, jazz, metal, blues and numerous other musical acts. The bass may provide one part of the larger melody, or be featured as the primary instrument. Over the course of 70 plus years, the bass guitar has enjoyed its place in the musical world.
The electric bass guitar was invented in the 30s by Paul Tutmarc, as an alternative to the double bass, which is easier to carry, transport and use. In the 50s, Leo Fender was responsible for developing the first mass produced electric bass guitar, which became the standard of touring musicians. The first artist to tour with the Fender guitar was Monk Montgomery, who toured with the big band led by Lionel Hampton. Many others began to adopt the guitar during this time, and interest picked up. Beginning in the 60s, Gibson released their version of the bass guitar, know as the EB series. During the 50s and 60s, the instrument was known as the Fender Bass, because of the quick speed at which the company began to produce the instruments. By the end of the 60s however, the instrument became simply the electric bass.
In the 70s, new advances to the electronics were introduced. Electric stringed instruments produce the signal by using magnetic coils which would pick up the vibrations and then the electronics would amplify the signal. In 1957, the split pickup was introduced which used two coils with their poles and wiring reversed. The combined effect was equivalent to the two being wired in parallel, producing a hum bucking effect. Other designs featured two coils with one close to the bridge, one close to the fret board. Each of these produces completely different sounds.
The new electronics of the 70s featured actively powered pickups and amplification built into the guitar. These electronics not only included the pickup and amplification parts of the circuitry, but also frequency filtering and processing, which helped improve the sounds intended and eliminated those that were not wanted. Different manufacturers would produce slightly different electronics, which would cause guitars from different manufacturers be used for different styles of music.
In the 1980s, bass designers will still developing and exploring new approaches. A headless band, for example, was introduced in 1979. In 1987, the fretless Ashbory bass was invented, using silicone rubber for strings and a piezoelectric pickup, creating a sound similar to the double bass with a short scale length of 18". The hollow bodied acoustic bass guitars using pickups for amplification became especially popular in the 1980s by MTV's "Unplugged" television show.
Five string basses became more popular, more affordable and more widely available during the 1990s, meaning bass players from numerous genres began to play them for added lower range. Onboard battery powered electronics also became increasingly available despite only being available on boutique, expensive instruments before this point in time.
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Originally posted 2008-11-03 05:42:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter