#2
You will sound tiny and lame without bass. Even when people don't clearly hear the bass out there, it makes a huge difference in filling out the sound.
#3
the white stripes dont sound tiny and lame!!!!!
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#4
I don't think you need Bass

Just look at the White Stripes they don't use Bass and there awesome!
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You will sound tiny and lame without bass. Even when people don't clearly hear the bass out there, it makes a huge difference in filling out the sound.

did you even listen to the music?
#6
well if you are metal just tune really low or use a baritone
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With most stuff you need something to hold the bottom end down, keep you in time and just add a great feel to any tune you play whether it be Rock, Blues, Jazz or even Metal. Get a bassist.
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the white stripes dont sound tiny and lame!!!!!



yeah they pretty much do
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the white stripes dont sound tiny and lame!!!!!

they do sound tiny

and their guitarist often uses a whammy pedal to make his guitar sound like a bass... and much of the time they do sound tiny and hollow

I was listening to your stuff, and it could use a bassist, or a baritone guitar, or something. It is just too hollow sounding.

At least get a few rhythm tracks on it, preferably acoustic, or something to fill out the sound.

Even a pianist or keyboard player with a heavy left hand would do.

Basically, you need some lows, whether that means major de-tuning, getting a person that only does lows, etc. is your business, but you won't sound as good as you possibly can without some lows, and even though I prefer bass guitar and upright bass, there are many ways to get lows in there.
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do you think that bass is necessary in a band?
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IMO bass is definitely necessary. It's like the icing on a cake. Just try having a bass, play with the bassist, then play without him. You will see a HUGE difference
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#17
Listen to Mudvayne, and you will hear then, how a bass can make a big difference. More specifically, listen to music off L.D. 50.
#18
Well, depends on how good of a guitarist you have and whether you mean having an electric bass or having something to play the bass line. A really good guitarist can play both the bass notes and the lead and still make it sound interesting (Jack White comes to mind...) and no you do not need an electric bass, a keyboard will be just as good, if your guitarist isn't up to par.
#19
No, having a bassist isn't necessary. There are plenty of bands without bassists that make great music.
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#22
Is a guitar necessary?
Are vocals necessary?

Nothing is necessary but it adds something to your music ...
#23
Nothing is essential to making music.

look at seasick steve, who's "drum machine" is just a wooden box that he stomps on, or Lighting bolt, who dont have a guitarist, just bass drums and vocals.

just make tunes. if it needs bass, put in a bassline. if it doesnt, dont.
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the white stripes dont sound tiny and lame!!!!!


yeah, they just suck.
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I don't think you need Bass

Just look at the White Stripes they don't use Bass and there awesome!



Yeah, that's why Jack White frequently uses octaver pedals .
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#26
i think you should use a bass in it, with having a bass you open up cool new possibilities... just look at the band the offspring, they have tons of cool basslines. It also does help to keep your music sounding full even though some bands can get away with it like the white stripes (they just add more bass to their amps)
#27
Nothing is necessary, I'm sure you can find someone who will listen to 3 minutes of silence. I think vocals is a bit more important, just as I think instrumental music is generally not as well liked or appreciated. Add a bassist if you think you need it, don't rely on people you don't know on some forum on the internet to make that decision.
#28
There's a piece of music called four minutes twenty in which a pianist approaches a piano, puts the music up, sits down and leaves with a bow 4:20 later. ( To not much applause I'd guess ).

Bass isn't needed, nothing is. To get a fuller sound you should cover the most frequencies possible. This could be tuning the drums a little lower, adding more bass to your guitar, de-tuning your guitar, singing lower etc.
#29
Bass adds a lot to music, provided it's audible (i.e. doesn't play exactly the same as the guitars).
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