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#1
Obviously there are a number of famous bass players that have sang lead vocals for their bands out there - including Paul McCartney, Sting, and Les Claypool. I'm actually wondering, of the community on THIS website, which of you bass players are the lead vocalist for your respective bands?

What do you feel are the biggest challenges associated with this?

Edit: I love how everyone is offering suggestions of other popular bands. I named 3 examples, I'm well aware there are many more. I just want to know about YOU guys, and YOUR bands please. Thanks!
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#2
poll? I share lead vocals. it really depends on the song. I have more trouble when the vocals are aggressive or the bassline is difficult.
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Obviously there are a number of famous bass players that have sang lead vocals for their bands out there - including Paul McCartney, Sting, and Les Claypool. I'm actually wondering, of the community on THIS website, which of you bass players are the lead vocalist for your respective bands?

What do you feel are the biggest challenges associated with this?


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#4
When I play on my own I seem to be able to sing things like Blink 182 songs but nothing more difficult on the bass or lyrics. However I probably wouldn't sing in a band situation (lead or backing) as I a) have no clue if I sing 'well' b) Bass skills tend to suffer from it.
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#7
As did Phil Lynott, but that's not what he's asking. He's asking who HERE plays bass and also does lead vocals.
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#8
A few thrash/death bands,
Tom Araya (slayer), Jeff Becerra (possessed), Glen Benton (Deicide)
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#10
In my first band, I played bass and sang. We're at a hault because of conflicting schedules, but I really enjoyed it. It was about 6 full months when I started to sing and play, but I still was having problems locking in with the drums and singing the RIGHT lryics. I always seemed to forget my lyrics. It comes with practice. I hope this helps a bit.
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#11
thefitz does. I would, if I had a band (or could sing. Or could play bass )
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#12
I play bass and do the lead vocals, and my biggest challenge would be trying to sing with a grooving bass. Its just so F'n hard
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tom araya plays bass and is the vocalist of slayer. . .


I love how everyone is offering suggestions of other popular bands. I named 3 examples, I'm well aware there are many more. I just want to know about YOU guys, and YOUR bands please. Thanks!
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#14
Geeze people, we know other bass players sing, not what hes asking...

Cough...Lemmy...Cough.

On topic, I cant sing and play at all. Always end up ****ing them both up.
#16
i want to, but i cant sing
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#17
i share lead vocals. it really just depends on the song/bassline. but beening in a jam based bands we don't do too much singing. so i can have fun on bass a lot.
#18
I do sometimes, usually its our guitarist.

I know the thefitz does, the humanity might, perhaps Tam (anarkee) as well.
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#19
I do in my band. However I trade off with another vocalist. On occasion we will duet, but usually he takes a song, I take a song, he takes a song, etc,.

Works well.

Singing and playing bass at the same time is VERY hard at first depending on the ROLE of your bass line. If you following the guitar and can remember the melody it is easier, but if your playing something more free and abstract that different from the rhythm and melody of the drummer and guitarist, it is a lot harder.
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I do sometimes, usually its our guitarist.

I know the thefitz does, the humanity might, perhaps Tam (anarkee) as well.

might?
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#24
Yup, I sing and play bass in my band, but I'm not the only singer, so not sure if that counts. What i do definately isn't "backup vocals" however.
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#25
i used to, i don't find it that hard tbh. its a little harder with different techniques like slap, as you'd expect, but still for me pretty easy.
#26
I do on occasion (I have what has been called a low alto voice) , but I prefer to just hold down the low end. We may end up doing some funk songs in the jam band, and since Mr. Tam has issues with playing drums and singing, I may end up singing more than I am used to. So here's your humour for the day:

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#27
i was back in my old band playing days.

the biggest challenge? keeping different rhythms going with your voice and your fingers :/

i STILL get thrown off sometimes. need more practice i guess xD
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#28
I had a short stint as bassist/vox. It was before my first band officially formed, we did our school talent show, and we couldn't find a singer... so I just did both.

We did two songs. "Crazy Train" by Ozzy, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

So... I officially have two songs on my bass+vox resumé. Impressive, I know.

But yeah, it is quite hard. Even on songs as easy as those. But practice makes it much much easier.
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#30
When we cover pop-punk/emo songs I do


I'm just so damn bored playing the same thing over and over
and it helps keep the (less, uhh) informed as to part we are at

plus I just love screaming out words
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#31
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Geeze people, we know other bass players sing, not what hes asking...

Cough...Lemmy...Cough.

On topic, I cant sing and play at all. Always end up ****ing them both up.


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#32
I do the mick jones bits if we muck around and play the clash songs because I sing like him but otherwise I just do backings vocals.
#33
Don't know much about it, but it seems like it would be hard, because the bass is alot about rhythm, and it seems like it would be hard to play and sing, keeping the vocals separate from the rhythm of the bass, but, I guess, there are a couple drummers who sing really well, so I guess it's just something you have to learn...
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#35
I did for a while, I wanted to stop because i couldn't sing anything complicated and play anything on bass at the same time, or play bass interesting bass and sing at the same time, and it started to annoy me, because people thought i couldn't do anything but pound out root quarter/ eigth notes, so we got another singer and i now just sing backing occasianally.
#36
I do in baritone ( ), and one of my mates sings while playing bass too.
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#38
Me and Spencer switch off. We both do clean vocals, and we both also switch off between screaming and whatnot. We're also very bass driven, so yeah. It's not hard once you get used to it, the difficult part is changing notes in vocals differently than on bass.
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#39
I do most of teh screaming in my band (go ahead and flame me *flameshield*) and play some pretty complicated basslines
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#40
woops nvm didn't know we couldnt list major bands
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