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#1
Hey guys.

My band has 2 people that want to be bassist's and ive had trouble deciding who to have but is it possible to have two bassist's in a band?
#2
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#4
If they have the skill and co-operation required to complement one anothers playing, then yes. In most cases though having a pair of bass players rarely adds any positive aspect to a band (unless you are in an ultra experimental group that is).
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#5
go for it man, is it possible 2 hav 3 drummers ina heavy band? ussually no but look at slipknot, itd add an awesom sonic edge 2 your sound but i would reccomend gettin 2 guitarists in this case, otherwise th bass may drown out a single guitarist slightly

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#6
JT Bruce I think recorded 2 bass tracks in one of his songs, one playing rhythm and one playing a melody. So it CAN work, but like Centurion said, if they have the skill and chemistry to play with each other, it can work out great. Most likely not, but there's always a chance.

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#7
The G3 tour plays a few songs with two bass players, one plays finger and one plays pick style, so it adds a bit of variation.
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#9
they would need to be totally different, even unique, in terms of playing style - if they both play the same thing then there's no point.

one way I imagine it could work is one of them plays normally, the other basically plays like a guitar (lemmy from motorhead etc.).

I hate to be a nay-sayer, but If they're the kinds of bassists that don't see any possible problems with haveing two bassists in the band, it's probably not going to work,
go ahead though man, prove me wrong. music doesn't progess until folk experiment.
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#10
who wants to be a bassist..

nah.
what genre you playing?
if its something light then theres no need for two, just go for the best one.
but i wouldnt do it tbh.
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#11
No, only one or two guitar, one bass, one drummer and a singer sounds good.
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No, only one or two guitar, one bass, one drummer and a singer sounds good.


keys, man, don't forget the keys!

have one of them learn keyboards if they're up for it - Its similar to bass in terms of philosophy I think.
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#14
It is doable, but you basically will have to make one of them play alot of high up parts and one play low down parts just so the frequencies don't clash as much
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#17
You should probably also make sure they spend time together working on their tone.
If you're gonna have THAT much low end, then their tones should compliment one another.
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#18
Thanks for your help everyone now I don't need to kick anyone out of my band
#19
Dont just take UG's word for it. Try it out, but if it doesnt work, dont be afraid to bit the bullet and kick someone, or find them a different job in tha band
#20
Have one play a rhythm part, and the other one can follow melodies from vocals/guitar an octave or two down, it gives you a nice full sound, also, the rhythm bass parts should have a bass heavy sound, and the "lead" bassist needs lots of mids to cut through and sound like a melodic instrument.
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#22
It would theoretically work.

Theoretically.

Practice it to see if it does but like people are saying, one has to be more rythm, the other melody, and they have to compliment eachother and play uniquely.




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#23
We could use a bassist - me and the other guitarist are always switching between bass and guitar and complaining about how boring bass is :P
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It would theoretically work.

Theoretically.

Practice it to see if it does but like people are saying, one has to be more rythm, the other melody, and they have to compliment eachother and play uniquely.



I disagree. One doesn't HAVE to do anything. There is no percievable limit to the amount of creativity one is capable of. Tool, for example, basically don't have a bass player (from the tradition use of the instrument) since Chancellor play's it like a guitar.
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I disagree. One doesn't HAVE to do anything. There is no percievable limit to the amount of creativity one is capable of. Tool, for example, basically don't have a bass player (from the tradition use of the instrument) since Chancellor play's it like a guitar.


Having 2 Bass playing the same exact thing though...with 1 guitarist...

They'd have to be adding seperate pieces, much like guitar 1 wouldn't be doing rythm parts 99% of the time.

You have to treat Bass I and Bass II like Guitar I and Guitar II IMO, if you want it to not sound dull and boring.

Also, I know Tool's bass player does that because I play bass and guitar to a few of their songs but it's not the same thing as the guitar parts.




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#26
In this case, a second bass could provide opportunities for interesting dual-bass melodies while the guitars sit back and enjoy the show. Just remember, too many cooks spoil the stew, so don't think that 2 bass = good, 3 bass = better.
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I appreciate your help everyone.
I will take all of your advice into account.
#28
If nothing else, think of it like a Cello and a Double bass in orchestral music. Have one of them hold the low end down, and the other play in the higher ranges. I personally find the bass's upper register tone to be quite pleasing.
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Me either, I record all my own bass parts.
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If nothing else, think of it like a Cello and a Double bass in orchestral music. Have one of them hold the low end down, and the other play in the higher ranges. I personally find the bass's upper register tone to be quite pleasing.


orchestras usually have more than 4-5 people though.


idk, i think itd be a little excessive.

people would definitely remember it though.
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#32
It can work brilliantly, if you know some tight, expereinced musicians with great dynamics, timing and sense of melody.

However, if it's two inexperienced teenage kids, it'll sound like a muddy mess and should most definitely be avoided.

The most important aspect of bass playing is the abilty to lock into the groove of the drummer (specifically the bass drum) and hold down the foundation of the song. I honestly can't see what two bassists can do, that one bassist and a guitarist couldn't do better...
#34
it could work
but everyones saying that one takes on a melodic role
and the other does simple time keeping patterns

if hes having to choose between them theyre obviouskly of similar ability
one will get pissed offf that he's been given the lesser role
they probably wouldnt like to share responsiblity either

the only way to counteract that is to switch between songs
but everyones saying the EQ would need changing on stage
eeek that spells disaster for a start no audience wants to wait why the bassists are re-eqing and also things are just likely to go wrong if your changing effects..

i think there could be band issues by doing this but it really i your choice
if you want to try it then go for it
just have to bear in mind you have two possible bassists at the moment
but if you piss them off you could be left with none
#35
I saw a metal band here that had two bassists in it. I guess one played "lead bass"?

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#36
We have not one, not two, but THREE bass players in our band.

#1(me): Plays a bluesy bass line in the really low registers on a five string or drop tuned four string.

#2: Harmonizes with me in the upper registers on a standard tuned four string, but does not play the exact same thing, she adds a few little extra things to get the melody to stand out.

#3: He is our effects guy, uses effects to add some pizazz to the bass line. Uses whatever bass he wants, in whatever tuning he wants.

Other then that, we have 4 guitarists, 3 keyboard players, and 2 drummers.

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#37
I definatly need to hear your band.
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#38
Haha we have nowhere near us to record, but if you listen to Boogie Woogie Flu by Jonny Rivers, imagine someone playing a boogie woogie bass, someone playing the roots of the chords, and someone playing improv bass you'll get the idea, we're a really blues based band.
Oh, and during the piano solo, our two better keyboard players do a GH3 like keyboard duel. it sound pretty sweet, especially because their playing styles are almost the same, but with some interesting differences.
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#39
whatever happened to Freebass, that bass only band?
there are ways to integrate multiple bass parts, as some people have suggested.
but, it would probably be difficult for amateur musicians.
if they're naturals or have a great understanding of theory, it shouldn't be too problematic.
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