#1
So my band is going to be a three member band, I'm on bass and vocals, but I was wondering if there were any tips for my guitar player. How do we keep the sound going when he goes into a solo? What should I do to complement him, being the only guitar player?
#5
Everyone stop playing when he starts soloing. That's why it's called a solo.
#7
2 choices.
rhythm guitar on a backing track or something
remove guitar solo, add bass solo.
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#8
get a backing track and don't actually play ever
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Yurning down the volume very quietly. then when the solo is over BOOM
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#15
meh tbh i prefer the dynamic of 1 guitar bands over rhythm + lead bands.. that hole in sound created by the guitar disappearing and going into a lead is kinda cool

guitar solos are still stupid though




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Quote by MinterMan22
meh tbh i prefer the dynamic of 1 guitar bands over rhythm + lead bands.. that hole in sound created by the guitar disappearing and going into a lead is kinda cool

guitar solos are still stupid though


i've always wondered why two guitar bands don't do the same thing. have the rhythm stop playing occasionally for the lead to.... well..... lead.....

it does have an interesting feel
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How do we keep the sound going when he goes into a solo? What should I do to complement him, being the only guitar player?



The first one is up to you, since obviously you're the only other melodic/harmonic instrument in the band. You are going to have to make sure that the harmony is still clearly outlined during his solo, even though he should be responsible for that as well. All you have to do is play roots on beat one. That will keep the chord progression clear in the listeners ears. What you do after that is up to you. Half notes or quarter notes on chord tones are always safe, even if it may sound a little bland after a while. "Walking" bass lines (playing root on beat one and moving up the scale or chromatically to the next root) in quarter notes is a good way to outline the harmony and stay out of the way of the soloist.


As far as complimenting, I would say only do it if you hear him do something you really like in his solo. For instance, if he starts playing a cool rhythm, match that rhythm or repeat it in the next bar. You really just have to get a feel for playing with others to be able to do this.
#20
Listening to Rush is actually a good idea. Listen to some live stuff, in particular. Listen to the kinds of things Geddy Lee does during Alex's solos. Not exactly the kind of stuff I recommended in my previous post, but for a rock trio bassist it doesn't get much better.
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See Death From Above 1979... Huge bass sound, the band has no guitarist, just bass and drums and it's hard as shit.
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#22
How about a looper pedal. Play the rythm Lessing to the sólo and have it loop as hes soloing.
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#23
Drive the bus, stay in front of the groove. If it ever cuts out to just drum and bass, its gotta be groovin. This doesn't mean always playing a lot of notes, space in between is your friend sometimes. Think in 16ths. Your guitar player should find it easy to jump in and complement you well.
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#24
power chords can be used on bass too
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How do we keep the sound going when he goes into a solo? What should I do to complement him, being the only guitar player?


Be a competent bass player.
#26
the void makes the leads pop.....that´s the magic in a trio..... From stage side it´s really noticable but out in the audience it makes for awesome Dynamics. We´re a 4 piece (drummer, bass and 2 guitars).....after 2 years we´re learning again that less is more......2 guitars add for extra "umph" but the rythm guitar really needs to roll back and just go with the bass during solos or it will get too busy.
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Drive the bus, stay in front of the groove. If it ever cuts out to just drum and bass, its gotta be groovin. This doesn't mean always playing a lot of notes, space in between is your friend sometimes. Think in 16ths. Your guitar player should find it easy to jump in and complement you well.


+1....take the space you need.....a good bassist will not only drive the buss, but parallel park the whole damned thing when needed....your the foundation of the cake...the guitar is just the icing ;-)

p.s. (don´t tell the other guitarists...they´ll get pissed and go for the volume knob;-)
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#28
I've been the bassist in several trios and I've always found that switching to playing bass chords during the guitarist's solo fills out the backing nicely.

Alternatively you could always use effects pedals to add a little extra to the sound of your bass during guitar solos.

In one band I was in, I had a stereo bass with two outputs and an on/off switch for each output. One went to a clean 'bassy' amp and the other went to a dirty 'trebley' amp. In many songs I'd use just the clean amp for the majority of the song but flip the switch to add the dirty amp for the solos, that seemed to work nicely.
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What should I do to complement him, being the only guitar player?


Tell him he is the best guitarist in the band
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Tell him he is the best guitarist in the band



...that should do it!
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