Bassists play a heavy role in balancing harmony and rhythm. The bass supports harmony created by other instruments with its own flavor of chords, root notes, arpeggios, ect. The bass also influences rhythm similar to percussion instruments by syncopation, unison and contrapuntal movement, “walking bass” and “slap-bass” techniques to name a few.
Depending on students’ tastes in music and what skills they desire, the bass can be very simple or complex instrument. Nonetheless, its deep and warm resonance is what makes the bass stand out from the rest.