#1
We lost our bassist recently, and are performing at a coffeehouse in a month. My drummer doesn't think we'll need a bassist :S.

So, what reasons can I give him for a band needing a bass?

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Last edited by TheIrishPatriot at Jan 7, 2009,
#2
gives a nice backing?
Depends on the band really...if you have a lot of awesome basslines that fit the music then you'l need him but if your old bassist did single noters all the time then i wouldn't bother too much.
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We lost our bassist recently, and our performing at a coffeehouse in a month. My drummer doesn't think we'll need a bassist :S.

So, what reasons can I give him for a band needing a bass?

the bass fills out a song, providing a connection between the guitar/piano and the drum/percussion. it is the glue that fits everything together. the right bassist will take whatever you're doing and make it sound full, round, and complete.
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#6
To fill out the frequency spectrum!
Bands just sound better with a bassist.

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#7
the bassist keeps the rhythm for the guitarist the bassist follows the drummer and the guitars follow the bass.
it also makes the music sound better depending on the genre like with hard rock, punk and metal its allways good to have a bassist because it gives the music more of a punch. In funk and alt rock the bass can make a song sound interesting even if theyre just playing the same notes as the guitarist
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#9
The drummer is the one suggesting that you don't need a bassist..?
Interesting.

Play some songs without one (like in practice or something)
or maybe he doesn't understand the importance of a bassist yet?
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#10
Thank you, I'll use all of these reasons, and hopefully he'll understand :P. He's a very good drummer, he just didn't see the difference without a bassist, and I wasn't able to give him a real answer myself beyond '>.> You need a bassist! Rhythmz!'
#12
The bass is the foundation between the drums and the guitar or other instruments. It fills the bottom. While you may not always hear a bass player when they are there--you will notice when they aren't.
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The bass is the foundation between the drums and the guitar or other instruments. It fills the bottom. While you may not always hear a bass player when they are there--you will notice when they aren't.


She's right. When I play roots and it's hard to tell I'm in the mix, if I stop it's immediately noticeable as the music begins to sound empty. In fact, the drummer I jam with hates not having me around if he has to play with a guitarist or two.
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#15
well if your playing in my town(merritt bc) no u dont need a bassist cus they dont matter here. everywhere else yea u need a bassist for all the reasons mentioned above