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Anyone Sing?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by downstairs, Nov 28, 2001.


  1. downstairs

    downstairs

    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    Yeah, I'm just wondering if anyone else here sings and plays bass, i know that sometimes i sing well.....sometimes not...more often not.....when i do sing well I sound like Green Day (ok) or Mark from Blink 182 (blah). I just try to sing like I do naturally...what about everyone else?

    Edit: It sucks...I like to sing.....and I have asthma :( .
     
  2. I can do some pretty mean harmonies....

    Lead vocals? Blech!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I do some backing stuff, but I am thinking about getting out of it. I think I harmonize well with the singer, but the guitarist couldn't carry a tune if it had handles on it and the drummer's rhythms slow down (or get completely effed up) when he's helping out. With that in mind, my feeling is that the fewer people we have helping with backups, the better off we'd be.

    It's easier for me to stop singing than to tell the other guys to stop singing.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I sing backup harmonies on about 1/2 of the songs with the oldies band.
     
  5. PJR

    PJR

    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    .....I play bass/sing lead on 50% of the bands tunes........

    ....I do the Soundgarden , STP , Alice in Chains ....

    ...backups to the 'other' singer otherwise.....

    PJR
     
  6. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I do the backing vocals in our band! One track we've recorded has the guitarist and the drummer sing on it - ha ha, they found it hard. But, they won't do any live!

    I must admit I find it harder to record my vocals than do them live - when recording I don't have a nice big bass to hide behind (I don't know where to put my hands - keep it clean people!!!!)

    BTW - I have asthma too, but it's real well controlled and isn't a problem singing - although as my peak flow is lower I can't belt out big long sustained notes (you know the Guns 'n' Roses Don't Cry ending type ones!!!)
     
  7. KB

    KB

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I sing lead in about 50% of my band's songs and backup in about 30%. I even have a few songs where I carry the melody on the bass and lead sing while the guitar and drums just do suppoting roles.
    :D

    -KB
     
  8. I sing, and have gotten alot of work as a bassist over the years just by saying "Yeah" when they ask if i can sing. I've always been the good for a song or 2 a set to spell the lead singer guy. The gig i've got now has helped my vocals alot, or so i've been told. because i have to sing so much different stuff, and as a regular on the show i get "featured" abit more. It may sound tiresome, but the best way to get better is just doing it, and practicing. I'll never set the world on fire vocally, but my now ex-gf, says i have a good knack for pickin songs that fit me well. I hear alot of singers singing stuff they shouldn't be singing. I have to wonder why. It's really not imppressive to a crowd to hear someone straining, or even screaming IMO. Though tthe screaming part may depend some on the musicial genre. Having good range both up and down, great timing, and showmanship carried me thru on vocals for a long time, but i have rasied my game thanks to my current gig, which gives me more confidence, which is one thing i have lacked as a vocalist at times in the past. The best advise i ever got was i was told to try to sing into a mic using my "shower voice". Belting it out with confidence and authority makes a big difference as far a vocal control and just overall performance. Of course singing and playing bass at the same time is no easy trick on some songs. I also sing harmony, though i'm not the greatest at it. I'm real good at songs that have "call backs" on them. I can hear 1 harmony part very well, when you get into 3 and 4 part stuff i'm not the best as finding and holding a part. I find harmony quite interesting though. But the stuff i do best on is like the Don Rich part on a Buck Owens song, that lovely high 3rd part, i hear that part well, and think it sounds cool.
    Finding another singer in a band that you can blend with is VERY important too. My ex is a terrific vocalist, far better singer than me, but our voices just don't blend espically well. There's another girl regular singer in the band, and i love singing duets with her, and singing harmony with her of vice-versa because our voices just sound great together naturally. Trent
     
  9. i do. in my old band my guitarist and i switched off the songs, depending on who sounded better. i sound a bit odd in a punk band. i'm in boychoir, singing second tenor, so my voice is a bit too trained sounding.
    nemo.
     
  10. Hats off to anyone who can sing and play bass at the same time. I'm not in a band, but I jam with my guitarist friend who has a mic(sp?). WHen i'm NOT on the bass, I can accually sing pretty well (so i'm told) but the second I pick up the bass and even try to blurt out a sentence, it just doesn' work.
     
  11. Catch

    Catch

    Nov 23, 2001
    I sing soprano, which means I very rarely sing anything except occasional background mutterings. I can rhyme well, so I do that sometimes. I do sing lead sometimes, however.

    Catch
     
  12. MJB

    MJB

    Mar 17, 2000
    I sing on blues tunes, the bass lines are simple and my voice is suited for blues.
     
  13. I do the slow blues song, Red House, as lead vocalist. I also do harmonies / backing on another 2 or 3 songs.

    I find it very difficult to play the individual type note as would be played on a bass, and sing at the same time. I tend to sync the lyric with plucking which, of course, is very rarely what the tune calls for :rolleyes:

    John
     
  14. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    I used to not be able to sing and play at the same time... but after alittle practice it just came to me.... I'm a voice major... so I hope i do it pretty good... I'm a bass... So its a different sound..
     
  15. i do the lead singing in my ska/funk band that just recently formed up. when i first started to sing the only things i could do was manic depression and dazed and confused because the lines were either simple or went right along with the vocal. but now in the ska band i'm playing chords and slapping and whatnot while trying to sing. thank god we're only practicing now.
     
  16. Sorta. But only as back up or lead in REALLY hevy metal songs.

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  17. I can actually ONLY sing when I'm playing bass. I have the coordination and knowledge of my lines. But when I sing without my bass, I lose my foundation or something? I have no idea but I suck when not playing.
     
  18. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    I sing backing vocals, the trio i was in i had to step up and sing a few leads, but other than that, i just do backing.