#1
My good friend and I have been playing gutiar for quite some time, and have learned a handful of songs together. We started to jam with this other fella that plays guitar and can kinda sing. He is pretty good at guitar... but we do not need a 3rd guitarist, we need a bassist. Besides he can sing and bassist singer would a be a little better share of the limelight right? How should I go about asking him to play bass (he has a bass guitar and amp too)?
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#3
Just tell him that you need a bassist rather than 3 guitar players. But I guess I would convince him by encouraging him to sing or play bass parts that are interesting to play. That could drive him home/
#4
Show him some Victor Wooten.

Of course, that may scare him away from bass too.
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#8
Find a bass player. He's a guitarist, why should he switch instruments? He chose to play guitar for a reason.
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Find a bass player. He's a guitarist, why should he switch instruments? He chose to play guitar for a reason.

He owns a Bass and an Amp...
#10
I would kill to be in a band, seriously. I play guitar mostly but if I was asked to be in a band as a bass player I wouldn't hesistate. As long as I get creative input into whats being written I couldn't care less. If he has a bass he should use it.

Why don't you play bass? It would solve all the problems. If he has a bass just lend from him. One of you has to compromise. So what if you don't get to play your flashy guitar solo? Bass is just as important.
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I would kill to be in a band, seriously. I play guitar mostly but if I was asked to be in a band as a bass player I wouldn't hesistate. As long as I get creative input into whats being written I couldn't care less. If he has a bass he should use it.

Why don't you play bass? It would solve all the problems. If he has a bass just lend from him. One of you has to compromise. So what if you don't get to play your flashy guitar solo? Bass is just as important.

Yeah. I mean. Bands aren't about getting attention, they are about music. Bass is important whether people realize it or not. Besides, bass solos kick mucho ass.

Anyway, just talk it over with the three of you. I don't know what you should do if he refuses though. 3 guitarists and then you look for a bassist I guess.
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I would kill to be in a band, seriously. I play guitar mostly but if I was asked to be in a band as a bass player I wouldn't hesistate. As long as I get creative input into whats being written I couldn't care less. If he has a bass he should use it.

Why don't you play bass? It would solve all the problems. If he has a bass just lend from him. One of you has to compromise. So what if you don't get to play your flashy guitar solo? Bass is just as important.


there's the attitude you need! good on ya man. i wish you lived in calgary, lol.

anyways, i had a similar problem with a guy who we wanted to be the lead singer, but he wanted to be the second / co-lead guitarist, etc... our kind of music didn't call for two guitars at all, so we told him that, and he sorta stuck to his guns about needing to play guitar, so we parted ways.

i have to say i understand it though. it would feel weird to me to play in a band and not be the guitarist. i'm gonna learn how to play bass though, simply because there's no facking bass players in this city of a million frigging people, so maybe in a year or two i can join a band on bass, just to be "in demand," lol.
#13
Well just straight up tell him you don't need three guitarists and you want a bass player. If he's not too sold on the idea, you all can trade off playing the bass, I guess.
#14
Well, if he has a bass and a bass amp, he obviously has some interest in bass as well as guitar, so I don't think it would be too big of a deal to ask him if he would play bass; unless he seems like he really has his heart set on playing guitar. Like monkey said, a lot of guys really just want to be in a band and wouldn't mind making the switch. That's how my band got our bassist.
#15
you play bass, pussy. goddamn. problem solved. Steve Harris wrote every single part of every Iron Maiden song, and he played bass, prolly cause everyone else was too much of a bitch to do it
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#16
Just tell him what you just told us.
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you play bass, pussy. goddamn. problem solved. Steve Harris wrote every single part of every Iron Maiden song, and he played bass, prolly cause everyone else was too much of a bitch to do it


I just figured it would be easier to transfer him to bass as the other guitarist and I have already learned a handful of songs together, and for him to have learn and perfect all the stuff I have would take him at least a month. And the fact that it looks like he is going to do vox made putting him bass seem like a pretty good idea. I actually did just call him up, and all of your advice was helpful. I just told him we don't need 3 guitarists, but we really need a bassist, and he said it was all cool. Just couldn't tell if he was discouraged by this information, or the fact that he's sick as hell right now lol.
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#18
If you want a bassist, get a bassist. A guitarist that's been told to play bass will probably be a shitty bassist.
#19
Thing is we don't have alot of a choice... There are very few bassists and drummers around here, and those who play, are not very determined. I also hope to keep it down to a 4 man peice if I can...otherwise it would be hit and miss getting everyone to show up to practice sessions. Not to mention how crowded a small bar stage would be with 3 guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer.
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I just figured it would be easier to transfer him to bass as the other guitarist and I have already learned a handful of songs together, and for him to have learn and perfect all the stuff I have would take him at least a month. And the fact that it looks like he is going to do vox made putting him bass seem like a pretty good idea. I actually did just call him up, and all of your advice was helpful. I just told him we don't need 3 guitarists, but we really need a bassist, and he said it was all cool. Just couldn't tell if he was discouraged by this information, or the fact that he's sick as hell right now lol.

If he's a cool guy, he'll be cool with it
#21
I've been playing guitar for around a year now, and my friend got a bass for christmas and I loved playing it, so I got one the other day... If I was in that situation I'd gladly play bass, its alot more fun unless you love playing solos that much.
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#22
I guess I love playing solos that much...
I seriously considered picking up a bass before... I have one laying around for people that come over to jam on... I learned some licks... but it's just not the same as guitar.
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#23
I realize its been resolved but my two cents.

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#24
you can also use a pedal like whammy and shift you guitar one octave down when you need a bass sound. when you need 3 guitars, dont use it.
no way