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baritone the range of the male voice that is intermediate between tenor and bass. [1/4 definitions]
bass1 the largest stringed instrument of the orchestra, having the lowest range of pitch and played with a bow; double bass. [1/5 definitions]
bassist one who sings bass. [2 definitions]
basso in music, one who sings bass.
bass viol the largest and deepest-toned instrument of the violin family; double bass, contrabass. [1/2 definitions]
boogie-woogie strongly rhythmic piano jazz in which the melody is accompanied throughout by a repeated bass pattern that uses chiefly eighth notes.
buffo a comic role in an opera, usu. one for a bass singer. [1/2 definitions]
cello a large four-stringed instrument of the violin family with a pitch lower than that of the viola but higher than that of the double bass; violoncello.
coney any of various Atlantic fishes related to the sea bass and grouper. [1/2 definitions]
conga a long, upright bass drum played with the hands. [1/4 definitions]
continuo a continuous bass accompaniment on a keyboard instrument, used esp. in baroque music.
contrabass the largest and deepest-toned instrument of the violin family; double bass; bass viol. [3/4 definitions]
double bass the largest and deepest-toned instrument of the violin family; bass viol; contrabass.
drum kit a set of percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a drummer in a band, the basic set of which usu. includes a bass drum, a tom-tom, a snare drum, a high-hat, and a crash cymbal, also called a drum set.
F clef the bass clef.
figuration the use of musical embellishments or bass figuring. [1/3 definitions]
ground bass a repeated bass passage that provides a background for changing music in the upper registers.
grouper any of a variety of fishes of the sea bass family, found in tropical and subtropical oceans.
middle C in music, the note on the first ledger line below the treble staff or above the bass staff. [1/2 definitions]
passacaglia a musical form based on this dance, featuring continuous variations played over a ground bass. [1/3 definitions]
pedal point a single continuous musical tone, usu. in the bass, that is sustained while the other parts progress through harmonic changes.