#1
Hello Pit! I seem to be in a predicament. The band I'm trying (key word=trying) to form is going to consist of me (guitar), another guitarist, a drummer, and the lead singer. The only bassist I know who lives somewhat locally probably won't be interested in the style of the band (hard psychedelic experimental rock... in other words, wierd ). The bassist is a jazz bassist and is going to college soon. Should we, the band, save up for a bass, amp, and method book for the lead singer, or should I or the other guitarist take it up?
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#2
find a new bassist? Dont force anybody to play bass. thats a cruel practice that should be shunned
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#3
Work around it. Be that band without a bassist. Use low tunings to fill out the deep end, there are two of you.
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#5
You only need a bassist if...

a) You need someone to carry your gear
b) You need someone to look stupid on stage (see. Robert Trujilo)
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You only need a bassist if...

a) You need someone to carry your gear
b) You need someone to look stupid on stage (see. Robert Trujilo)

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On topic, why don't you use octaviser until you find a bassist?
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#7
Actually the only reason you need a bassist is so you look better in comparison to the lady folk.
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#8
Hahahaha, exactly you only need a bassist if you want to look stupid, but no really you can do a whitechapel kind of thing you should check them out...... they don't have a bassist they use 3 guitar players each with 7 string guitars and drop A tuning =.
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Hahahaha, exactly you only need a bassist if you want to look stupid, but no really you can do a whitechapel kind of thing you should check them out...... they don't have a bassist they use 3 guitar players each with 7 string guitars and drop A tuning =.


while i agree at the notion of using low tunings, and i agree that whitechapel is the shit, keep in mind he wants to do psychadelic rock. =) great suggestion though dude.
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On topic, why don't you use octaviser until you find a bassist?


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If the base is just the rythm guitar part, then why have it there at all? The bass needs SOUL, brotha
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#11
You will need a bass, for you will sound much clearer then. Think about whether you really need two guitars, if not, one of you two guitarists should play bass.

But ask this bassist you know first, you did not say that he's not interested at all, did you?
#12
I think what you need to do is ask him, then when he tells you no, answer the phone and take his substitute teaching job for some cash. There's a real cool bassist in the school where you'll teach, even though she plays the cello, you just turn it sideways and, cello! there's a bass.

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Why not put up some adds around locally to find a bass player that might be interested.


I agree with this fine fellow. Put some ads up, say, at your local guitar store.
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#14
The bassists are the runts of the litter. I know, i've been a bassist for maybe 4+ bands, haha.

I'm used to it. I get it, the bassist doesn't have nearly as much responsiblity. But it does bug me when people say that its not necessary. If in the middle of a huge concert, the bass came unplugged suddenly, i guarantee just about everybody would notice in the audience that was listening, and while the show would not be ruined, the experience would definitly be a lot weaker. Kinda like if your woman gained 15 pounds right as you were ready to do the deed.

Anyways.

Like someone said, just post around your area (craigslist works, sometimes) for a bassist. Make sure to include your influences in there, and don't be afraid to put something along the lines of 'As long as you're open minded to new styles, we're willing to work with you'.

Odds are, you aren't going to find a ton of musicians, especially in your area, that like the exact same type of music as you, and play exactly how you want to. So just be open minded, and look for open minded people.
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Oh sh*t! thats right. that was the first thing i thought of when i saw this thread, but i got caught up in the moment.

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