#1
Hey me and two friends just started a band (i play rythym), we play mostly metal hard rock, blues, and some psychedelic stuff, but the problem is me and my friend John (voacals/lead) play guitar and our buddy Sam plays drums, so my question is will it sound alright with out a bassist? My friend John seems to think so but im not sure. Does anybody know of any bands without a bassist, or is it just a required instrument?
#2
It's definitely do-able without a bassist, but it would sound 5 times better with one.
#3
it the ONLY crucial instrument... you should switch to bass
the white stripes sounded like **** without bass... and the Black keys..
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#4
Between the bass and the drums is where the soul comes from.

It would most likely sound 10x better with a bassist.

Now, im not entirely sure because i havn't heard you play, but most of the time bass is essential.
#5
see theres only like 5 bassists at our school, and their all in bands so we just decided to give my rythym a really bassy low ended sound and johns lead a more trebled higher pitch sound, so in theory i suppose it could work
#6
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it the ONLY crucial instrument... you should switch to bass
the white stripes sounded like **** without bass... and the Black keys..
bass holds the band together young one...

Eh, sorry, but bass is just not the the crucial instrument.

It's got to be drums or guitar.

The White Stripes sound absolutely fine to me (and to several million other people).

...And Justice for All has inaudible bass, and yet that album is a materpiece.
#7
hell- just try it dude. if it sucks, get a bassist.
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#8
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see theres only like 5 bassists at our school, and their all in bands


i had the same problem so I taught my 10 year old neighbor to play bass. no joke. hes getting pretty good.
#9
I find the personality of a bass really necessary, but hell, if you must insist, I have two words for you- The Doors
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#10
well you dont have to have a bassist, but like many have said it will probably sound a lot better with one, many country groups just use a rythm guitar player, then again, thats country and you arent going for that sound, the Doors didnt have a bass player, however the keyboard filled that role on many of the songs.
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well you dont have to have a bassist, but like many have said it will probably sound a lot better with one, many country groups just use a rythm guitar player, then again, thats country and you arent going for that sound, the Doors didnt have a bass player, however the keyboard filled that role on many of the songs.



What country band doesn't have a bassist?! I live in Texas, and trust me, you will not see a country band without a bassist unless it's an acoustic set. Most country songs have a bassline.

I would say that you are setting yourself up for people blasting you for not having a bass player, and there is a difference between a chunky guitar sound and a bass.

I'm glad that you pointed out the Doors had a keyboard player.
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What country band doesn't have a bassist?! I live in Texas, and trust me, you will not see a country band without a bassist unless it's an acoustic set. Most country songs have a bassline.

I would say that you are setting yourself up for people blasting you for not having a bass player, and there is a difference between a chunky guitar sound and a bass.

I'm glad that you pointed out the Doors had a keyboard player.


ive seen a couple of more bluegrass oriented country bands that didnt have bassists, but you're right its fairly uncommon, especially with more blues oriented country.
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It's definitely do-able without a bassist, but it would sound 5 times better with one.


+1, bass isn't necessary, but they definitely help fill out the sound.
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#15
Yeah i have the same problem, my band needs a bassist... and a drummer. We haven't started playing yet but we'll suck with just me and a keyboardist. And I'm a crappy guitar player so we're not looking like we're going to be that good... oh well It's just for fun. But back to your problem a bass player or something to play the basslines will make it sound sooooo much better. I like 4string-tsurigi's idea about the tuba that would be awesome!
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#16
Bass is most definitly not nessacary. But what bass does is add a definition to the sound, and patches things together. Its better you had a bassist, but if you cant find one, hell, go kick ass anyway.
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I find the personality of a bass really necessary, but hell, if you must insist, I have two words for you- The Doors

They had a keyboardist who could handle the low end.

If you're playing metal/hard rock/blues, then get a bassist. Those are genres that rely heavily on the low end instruments.

Is bass necessary? No, but neither is any other instrument.
#18
I dont have a bassist, just me and my drummer.
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#19
White stripes used a octave double as thier bass. Everything he plays is doubled an octave down. Live that is. It can be done without one but it has horrible sound. Bass fills out everything.
#20
I havent really had any luck with bassists myself. IF your serious about your music and really want to start gigging, youll probly need one, but if your just jaming for the hell of it your fine.
#21
in most music, you have a range of sounds, most choirs have different voices, commonly soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (there are others of course like bariton, but we won't get into that) But there are contabula choirs (spelling is wrong sorry) which are only soprano and alto. At any rate, drums and bass are typically the rythm section in your band, so to see that, its like having no real connection between the guitarists and the drums, but it is doable. I would suppose get an octave pedal to experiment with, or you rythm guy switch to bass, or get a bassists, it really will help. It can fill in the gap. But most of all just have a blast. peace,
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White stripes used a octave double as thier bass. Everything he plays is doubled an octave down. Live that is. It can be done without one but it has horrible sound. Bass fills out everything.


that's only for a few songs, really. For most of the show, they go without a bass sound.
#24
well.. theres a guy in a different thread that has two basses to deal with, why dont you ask if you can steal one?
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#25
have u ever jammed with a drummer? and the drummers GOOD?
if you were a bassist and u jammed with a drummer you find that it just "conects" so much more easier than a guitar because the kick goes with the bass notes, they go together. a guitarist does lala melodies in my opinion bass is something that is too underated, this coming from a guy who says, guitars better than bass coz i can shred. so yeah bass + drums = natural
#26
.......octave pedal??? i mean sometimes you can't get a bass player. and if you have lyrics, a drum beat and great riffs than a bass player might even have a negative impact in your creative process if your forced to get one. rather establish the band, double things with an octave pedal to make the sound more mainstream and acceptable and then get a bass player to join the band at a later date.
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#27
Bass is most definitley not essential. Just look at Blind Guardian.

It can be done. But try to get a bassist.
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#28
It's not necessary at all. My band was around for a while before we added our bassist and we sounded just fine. Although what works best is have 2 barritone guitars (like the rattraps or king khan and bbq show)
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#31
Guster doesnt have a bassist.
Dispatch didnt have bass in all their songs.
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