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Old 06-13-2010, 01:25 PM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

A very high percentage of blues-rock bands are two pieces. The guitarist generally compensates by using an over-driven guitar tone.

Check out The Blackwater Fever if you can.
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:31 PM
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I think we have all missed the point...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN42uzNFVmQ
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:14 PM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

I'm in a three piece band now with two guitar players, but one of them is a bassist, but he plays rhythm and sings, but he plays chords and bass lines at the same time, through a bass cab. It's interesting, but it works well.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:05 AM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

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Get one of the guitarist to play bass
Kind of worked out for the Quarrymen

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I need bass guitar. Bass pedals, basslines played on a keyboard, are OK but have NEVER got me off. Yea gimme a bass guitar with a funky ass player thumping on it. The bass guitar is such a cool instrument. It perfectly bridges the rhythm to the melody. I would love to be a great bass player even more than a great drummer. (because I could get out front and be more a part of things).

So put me in the camp that needs low end in their songs, if not from a bass, then from something. I wouldn't play in a bassless band unless there was no other choice.
There is a difference between folks who can play something with their left hand and folks who can groove with it. Have you heard Blue Monday with Cliff Coulter kicking bass? Chris Cain is also on the album and said that one the best bass players he's ever played with was Clifford's left hand.

Or Jonny Henderson on the Matt Schofield live album.

Or one of my favorites, Neal Evans of Soulive.

And then there's Charlie Hunter, absolutely sick groove played on the bottom 3 strings of an 8 string guitar.

But back to the OP. I've heard thrash/punk bands get away with it. But if you want a groove, I'm with Larry and the others. You need someone down in basement holding it together.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:07 AM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

i went to see a band play a few days ago, took three sets before i figured out they even had a bass player. hiding way back in the back in a corner and completely inaudible...
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:57 AM
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My old band was grindcore/deathmetal. It was 1 guitarist, 1 Vocalist, and me on drums. We sounded pretty full, but I always used a 28" or 26" kick live. Still I am enjoying playing with a bass player in my new band much more. It's gone from sounding ok to a wall of sound which I think is way better.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:41 PM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

There has been a real shortage of quality bass players in the Toronto area for sometime now so I have ended up playing many times without. Mostly song writers on acoustic or electric, I try to help out with tempo and and I also find it allows me to get more creative.
I think it is a good thing so don't let that hold you back; think of how tight you are all going to be so when the bass player does arrive he or she should be able to drop right in..

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:33 AM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

Haven't you guys heard of a Basitar or a Guitbass a la The Presidents of the United States of America? Weird stuff, mixing bass strings with guitar strings.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:45 PM
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Default Re: Bass Player-less band?

As of last night, my guitarist put bass strings on for his low e and a strings. I think it sounds awesome.
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