Does anyone here...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Nails, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. Nails


    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    Not positive this is the right forum, if not please move it to where it belongs.

    Does anyone here play guitar in a band? I know we're all bassists at heart here, but I got a response to a musician wanted ad I put in a local paper that showed more interest in me playing guitar than playing bass.

    The response was from a guy in Atlanta who's about to move back to Austin since he just completed a stint in the Army (he's relinquishing his rank, and going back to civilian life.) He said he's not looking for particular instruments, but it was good that I could play guitar and bass. That sounds odd to me, but I think it's more of a "looking for musicians to work with, not dedicated guitarists/bassits/whatever." I haven't heard any samples of what he wants to do, but I think it will be something close to synth pop/rock. If I'm interpreting him right, I could end up playing guitar and bass, do MIDI work (I know a bit about it,) and I'd be a factor in the songwriting process. All in all, that sounds pretty good, since I do a lot of that anyway. He even said they would provide me with guitar gear since I don't have any, except for my acoustic guitar. As of right now, the project has a vocalist (female), the Army guy who contacted me (keyboards/drum machines/etc.), a guitar player who may move to keyboards, and a drummer to audition. It's an odd lineup, but there have been odder.

    But at the same time, I know I'm more of a bassist than a guitarist. So I was wondering, who out there is a bassist playing guitar in a band? How does it work for you? Do you play bass in another band? Do you argue with the other bass player (assuming there is one) about what to play? Any tips on the subject in general (aside from don't act like a guitarist)? Would you recommend doing it?

    Regardless, I'm going to check it out. Maybe we'll click and I'll learn to perfect the guitar to bass switch in between songs.
  2. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    I don't play guitar in a band (but I do play guitar), but I'm sure it helps in the creative process to know some guitar.
  3. yeah i agree with him /\ i think the more experience you have with other instruments just adds to the creative juices inside you.
  4. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    I play guitar once a week and bass twice a week.
  5. I play bass everyday and guitar when I absolutely have to.
  6. JimM


    Jan 13, 2000
    Northern California
    Once a month I play acoustic guitar to facilitate my leading the singing of hymns at the local union gospel mission.There are two other bassists/guitarists in the band.This started when the guy who preaches,a blues guitarist but not a part of this "band",needed someone to lead singing.

    The guy who usually plays bass could do it better than me,but my preacher buddy says he wants me singing because my bluesy style "gets the guys singing"

    Yeah,we have three bassists,but can't seem to find a drummer.
  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I am a dedicated bassist, I wouldn't want to play anything out other than bass.

    However, aside from the bass, I do practice on a Martin 12 string for finger strength and callouses and also a cheap Yamaha classical, that sounds great, to work my right hand. I've stopped using a pick on that after my friend Vinny, an excellent classical player, played the 'Romanza' on it. And took my breath away.

    He promised me to instruct me in the techniques needed to play that if I did some right hand homework first. You're on, Vinny!

    I play my electric 6 very infrequently,
    just kind of taking up closet space right now.
    It's just not a bass ...