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So me and two of my friends are looking to start up a band for fun. It'll be me on guitar, a bassist and a drummer, with either me or the bassist singing.

Anyway, it's obviously possible to play good music with only 3 members (ZZ top, Jimi Hendrix experience, Muse, etc) but the thing is chances are we'll be starting out playing a lot of covers, just to get started.

My question is, do any of you have experiences of playing in a 3-piece "cover-band"? How much of a drawback is it? I was thinking we could just push the bass forward to make up for the loss of the rythm guitar, but I'm not sure.

Thoughts?
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Started out as a cover band.
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Nirvana *cough*

They just destroyed the record industry by making sell outs/money grubbers look terrible in general, had one of the best acoustic sets EVER, and they started their own genre which still gets nods from bands like Foo Fighters, Seether, and 30 seconds to Mars.

I would say Nirvana and Rush are the best 3 piece bands ever... so far
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If you're into metal there are a few three piece bands.

Immortal and Dying fetus come to mind.
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My band was a 3 piece, you don't need a rhythm guitarist, it helps a lot, but it's not always needed. We played songs like Orion by Metallica without rhythm, but with a tight bass player and drummer, you really don't need a rhythm guitarist.
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Thanks guys, but the point of the thread wasn't really if there were any good 3-piecers, rather how we can work around it when playing covers.

Also:
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It's pretty amazing you would post that. We have played one song together so far: that one.
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listen to this man if you wanna have a three-piece band and make it work!
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John Mayer Trio
John Butler Trio
Cream
The Fall of Troy
AFI (they're not a 3-piece but can be done with 3)
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It's possible to be a good three-piece, but you need to really get a full sound with both guitar and bass.
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Personally, I prefer 3 piece bands because they get a more raw sound live Anyways, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are a 3-piece band when it comes to the number of instruments. They used both lead and rhythm guitar tracks in the studio but not live.
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Nirvana *cough*

They just destroyed the record industry by making sell outs/money grubbers look terrible in general, had one of the best acoustic sets EVER, and they started their own genre which still gets nods from bands like Foo Fighters, Seether, and 30 seconds to Mars.

I would say Nirvana and Rush are the best 3 piece bands ever... so far

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Be careful with solos. Switching from playing rhythm to lead playing weakens your sound and defeats the purpose of a solo as the climax of a song and might ruin your build up.


Thats not really a problem if you have the right effects, and know how to play guitar well..
I was in a 3 peice, we played funky stuff, rock n roll, and some progressive, too. It worked out really good, to the point where another guitar in there would just feel like too much and unnecesery. You just have to keep the band tight, play the right tunes, and overall just put on a good show.
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#25

How people missed this one is beyond me.

OT though, yeah, a 3 piece is doable, you just need to have really strong guitar and bass sounds to make up for the lack of a rhythm guitarist.
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Thanks guys, but the point of the thread wasn't really if there were any good 3-piecers, rather how we can work around it when playing covers.
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#27
Original Wolfmother lineup was a 3 piece. They had some good tracks, check them out.

Weezer Zeppelin and RHCP also would work well even though they're 4 man bands.
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Haven't seen them posted yet...





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They have a touring lead guitarist though so technically they're a 4-piece

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They have a touring lead guitarist though so technically they're a 4-piece

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I saw them at werchter last year and I'm pretty sure there's at least 5 of them.
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3 pieces are awesome


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I'm in a 2 piece so, yes, it's possible.


Do you use an octave pedal to simulate bass?
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Do you use an octave pedal to simulate bass?


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Rush! But what I like about being in a three-piece is it prevents a lot of band drama, because there isn't enough room to keep one person in the dark about something. It means, one person will either agree or disagree with the other two. And because it's so small, there's no 'acting', so I've found - The band simply has to be fairly open with eachother. It works fairly well for us, anyway
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So you do a Black Keys type thing?

Please tell me everything, I am fascinated by duos.
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We do a kind of 60s Garage Rock thing. Not much blues in it to be honest.

EDIT: It's me and my girlfriend playing songs together in her garage. Me on guitar/vocals, her on drums. Trying to avoid being like The White Stripes and The Black Keys really, don't want to be thought of as a rip off.
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We do a kind of 60s Garage Rock thing. Not much blues in it to be honest.


So no bass?
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