A bassline (also known as a bass line or bass part) is the term used in many styles of popular music, such as jazz, blues, funk, dub and electronic, or traditional music, for the low-pitched instrumental part or line played by a rhythm section instrument such as the electric bass, double bass, cello, tuba or keyboard (piano, Hammond organ, electric organ, or synthesizer). It is also used sometimes in classical music.

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  • A bassline (also known as a bass line or bass part) is the term used in many styles of popular music, such as jazz, blues, funk, dub and electronic, or traditional music, for the low-pitched instrumental part or line played by a rhythm section instrument such as the electric bass, double bass, cello, tuba or keyboard (piano, Hammond organ, electric organ, or synthesizer). It is also used sometimes in classical music. In solo performance, basslines may simply be played in the lower register of any instrument such as guitar while melody and/or further accompaniment is provided in the middle or upper register. Basslines in popular music often use "riffs" or "grooves", which are usually simple, appealing musical motifs or phrases that are repeated, with variation, throughout the song. "The bass differs from other voices because of the particular role it plays in supporting and defining harmonic motion. It does so at levels ranging from immediate, chord-by-chord events to the larger harmonic organization of a [sic] entire work." Bassline riffs usually emphasize the chord tones of each chord (usually the root note, the third note, the fifth note, and the octave of a chord), which helps to define a song's key. At the same time, basslines work along with the drum part and the other rhythm instruments to create a clear rhythmic pulse. [The bass part is] the foundation of harmony.[One] may view in it [(the bass part)] all the other parts in their original essence.[The bass part is] the groundwork or foundation upon which all musical composition is to be erected.[The bass part is] the base and foundation of the other parts, since one builds them upon it.The type of rhythmic pulse used in basslines varies widely in different types of music. In swing jazz and jump blues, basslines are often created from a continuous sequence of quarter notes in a mostly scalar, stepwise part called a "walking bass line". In Latin, salsa music, jazz fusion, reggae, electronica, and some types of rock and metal, basslines may be very rhythmically complex and syncopated. In bluegrass and traditional country music, basslines often emphasize the root and fifth of each chord. Though basslines may be played by many different types of instruments and in a broad musical range, they are generally played on bass instruments and in the range roughly at least an octave and a half below middle C. In classical music such as string quartets and symphonies, basslines play the same harmonic and rhythmic role; however, they are usually referred to as the "bass voice" or the "bass part".
  • Die Basslinie ist in mehrstimmiger Musik die tiefste Stimme, die in besonderer Weise die Harmonien des Musikstückes trägt.
  • Una línea de bajo es la sucesión de las notas más graves de un pasaje o composición. Cumple una función de soporte al resto de los elementos y establece la base de la progresión armónica. En la música popular la línea de bajo suele ser ejecutada por el bajo eléctrico o el contrabajo, pero otros instrumentos como la tuba, el trombón o el órgano entre otros, pueden cumplir la misma tarea.
  • Em música, a linha do baixo (também linha de baixo) é a parte instrumental, linha, na qual está o baixo, a parte grave, as partes mais graves do que as demais, e a seção rítmica. "O baixo difere das demais vozes, por causa do papel particular que ele desempenha de apoiar e definir o movimento harmonico. Ele o faz nos níveis de organização do inteiro trabalho". O termo é mais utilizado na música popular sendo conhecido como a voz ou parte do baixo, em música clássica.Embora qualquer instrumento possa executar uma linha do baixo em qualquer ponto de sua extensão, geralmente ela é executada por instrumentos de tessitura grave e numa extensão aproximada de, no mínimo, uma oitava e meia abaixo do Dó médio.Embora as linhas do baixo sejam bastante variadas, o termo se aplica principalmente a uma melodia repetida.
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  • Die Basslinie ist in mehrstimmiger Musik die tiefste Stimme, die in besonderer Weise die Harmonien des Musikstückes trägt.
  • Una línea de bajo es la sucesión de las notas más graves de un pasaje o composición. Cumple una función de soporte al resto de los elementos y establece la base de la progresión armónica. En la música popular la línea de bajo suele ser ejecutada por el bajo eléctrico o el contrabajo, pero otros instrumentos como la tuba, el trombón o el órgano entre otros, pueden cumplir la misma tarea.
  • A bassline (also known as a bass line or bass part) is the term used in many styles of popular music, such as jazz, blues, funk, dub and electronic, or traditional music, for the low-pitched instrumental part or line played by a rhythm section instrument such as the electric bass, double bass, cello, tuba or keyboard (piano, Hammond organ, electric organ, or synthesizer). It is also used sometimes in classical music.
  • Em música, a linha do baixo (também linha de baixo) é a parte instrumental, linha, na qual está o baixo, a parte grave, as partes mais graves do que as demais, e a seção rítmica. "O baixo difere das demais vozes, por causa do papel particular que ele desempenha de apoiar e definir o movimento harmonico. Ele o faz nos níveis de organização do inteiro trabalho".
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  • Basslinie
  • Línea de bajo
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