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#1
I was thinking... Is it possible?Like does it sound ok? Because for a number of reasons, me and a friend of mine have to get by with two guitars and a drummer... I was thinking just kick the bass up on the rhythm?
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#3
no...you need a bassist, they are like,the most importent part of a band....
but seriously you need a bassist
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#4
It is possible but it will sound like it has something missing. Use programmed basses then use them on your songs.
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It is possible but it will sound like it has something missing. Use programmed basses then use them on your songs.


yeh, God forbid you get a real bassist.,...
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#7
A bassist will really help fill out your sound and capture the groove of the song.

Even bands without a bassist (i.e. The Doors, The White Stripes) usually synthesize a bass part or record an extra bass track during recording.
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#8
It will sound sincredibly hollow without a bassist. Think ...And Justice For All (the bass was put so low in the mix is is essentially not there). It can sound good, but there is something missing. Someone pounding roots undert the rhythm guitar can drastically fill out a song. A great bassist can completely control the groove, feel and rhythm of a song.

There are bands without a bassist, but very few are known for musical ability, and almost all would benefit from bass in one form or another (not including acoustic bands).
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#9
In my opinion, bands without bass sound like ****.
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#10
No, you kinda really do need a bassist. Placebo usually have a couple of songs on each album that they play live without bass due to there only being 3 people in the band, but even then they record bass into the mix.
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#16
No instrument is essential, but a bass always adds something. White Stripes, Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers and the Jon Spencer Blues explosion are (mostly) bassles and sound pretty damn good.
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#18
Bass = really fecking useful.
My band has no bassist at the moment and we're dead for it.
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yeah, but they had a keyboardist that played basslines, and they did use a bassist at some points.
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#20
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Most metal sounds fine without bass, because the guitars are so heavy (AJFA sounds great, stop kidding yourself. The guitars had so much bass in their tone it drowned out any bass). Other cleaner music really needs a bass to fill out the bottom end though, so at least have it done on a sequencer or something.
#21
Sleater-Kinney didn't have a bass player, they just tuned to C# standard.
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In after butthurt bassists

Most metal sounds fine without bass, because the guitars are so heavy. Other cleaner music really needs a bass to fill out the bottom end though, so at least have it done on a sequencer or something.


Like previously mentioned, though, ...AJFA sounded like crap.
#23
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Like previously mentioned, though, ...AJFA sounded like crap.

It didn't though. I just edited that in. AJFA sounds pretty tight and heavy to me, and the basslines it does have are all pretty boring regardless.
#24
I don't think it should be done, it is a vital piece. Imagine the male body with no testicles.
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In after butthurt bassists

Most metal sounds fine without bass, because the guitars are so heavy (AJFA sounds great, stop kidding yourself. The guitars had so much bass in their tone it drowned out any bass). Other cleaner music really needs a bass to fill out the bottom end though, so at least have it done on a sequencer or something.


Actually, metal needs one so much more in order to add the heaviness required. Same goes for people saying to use an octaver or a whammy to drop a guitar an octave. Sure it may play bass notes, but it won't even have the sound and effect of a bass.

Heavy guitars does not fill the bottom end of the spectrum out, which is essentially what dropping a guitar with a whammy or an octaver will do (ok, I know their effect is different, but from a band sound perspective, that is all it sounds like).
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Actually, metal needs one so much more in order to add the heaviness required. Same goes for people saying to use an octaver or a whammy to drop a guitar an octave. Sure it may play bass notes, but it won't even have the sound and effect of a bass.

Heavy guitars does not fill the bottom end of the spectrum out, which is essentially what dropping a guitar with a whammy or an octaver will do (ok, I know their effect is different, but from a band sound perspective, that is all it sounds like).

True enough audiophiles like ourselves will say it sounds thin without bass, but your Average Joe won't even notice. They'll go "OLOLOL MUSIC DOESN'T HAVE FISH IN IT NEWAY LOLOL"

Honestly, in 90% of metal you can't hear the bassline unless you are really listening for it. Other kinds of music, like I say, DO need bass, but all I'm saying is that metal is do-able without.
#31
The Black Keys dont have one , and they make really awesome music.
Though there last record that is released ( or is gonna be released) had much changes I heard.
Instead of the traditional guitar & drum , there are much more instruments added...

I wonder how they would sound
#32
my band is two guitarist and drummer. We are looking for bassist, but not forcing it and we got gigs and sound fine. Will loose some variety, but definately acceptable
#33
I've heard several bands without bass players, sounds fine as long as the guitar tone has a nice amp that has a good bassy tone to it.

but I hate when songs just mimick the guitar parts, for bass..
even though most do.

sounds much better with a bass player though..
supports the song

but you don't HAVE to have one.. but you def. SHOULD.
#34
1)Nile have session bassist for recording and touring. They just don't have a permenant one. There is no way you can sound that heavy without a bass.

2) I cannot think of a single decent metal band without a bassist, or at least not doing a Nile and getting temporary ones.

3)Mimicking the guitar isnn't necessarily bad. If it is the best line for the song, why not play it?

4) A bassy guitar ampis not anywhere close to a bass. Hence, why a bass will destroy the speaker in a guitar amp.
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#35
i kind of think no because whenever i'm jamming with a friend (when the friend is on drums) it sound pretty decent

but i've never jammed with a full band so i couldn't tell the difference lol
#36
Bass is the most important part of the band.
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It's spelled quartet. Besides, string quartets have a cello that can go down to a low C under the E of a guitar.
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#38
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i kind of think no because whenever i'm jamming with a friend (when the friend is on drums) it sound pretty decent

but i've never jammed with a full band so i couldn't tell the difference lol

Then you really can't give any form of opinion

Especially if you just jammed
#39
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No, you kinda really do need a bassist. Placebo usually have a couple of songs on each album that they play live without bass due to there only being 3 people in the band, but even then they record bass into the mix.


Just out of interest.... HOW??

Do you mean they have a session player tucked round the side of the stage??

Soz man i dont quite understand.

I dont mean to be a di*k itsjust this bit i dont understand:

"...but even then they record bass into the mix."
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I dont mean to be a di*k itsjust this bit i dont understand:

"...but even then they record bass into the mix."


When they recorded the song it had a bassline?

I'm pretty sure Placebo have a bunch of extra people on stage anyway...
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