One debate has endured ever since the first two musicians joined each other on stage: Who is the most important member of every band? A new report by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has the answer at last. According to the authors, who include experts in psychology, neuroscience, behavior, music and engineering, “superior time perception for lower musical pitch explains why bass-ranged instruments lay down musical rhythms.” The study’s results show that rhythms played at a lower tone, like on the bass, are easier for the human brain to find and understand rhythm. Simply put, a prominent bass track will get people to dance and respond rhythmically more often that to a song based on higher pitches from a guitar, drums or other instrument.
For you naysayers or drummers that may want to brag, you can read the full report here.