Has your guitarist ever picked your bass up and played it better than you?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by duo8675309, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. duo8675309


    Jun 5, 2005
    The other day I was trying to follow along to whatever chords my keyboardist was randomly playing. When I realized he didn't even know himself I sat my bass down and went to grab a beer out of the fridge. My guitarist then picks my bass up, says "follow me," and counts the keyboardist in. He then plays a pretty sick bassline in the same key and tempo, and for some reason that really got under my skin. Its like here I thought I offered this unique skill to my band, only to realize I'm the only one in the band who isn't multi-instrumental. All I can play is a bass.
  2. Nagrom


    Mar 21, 2004
    Western Canada
    That's what the woodshed is for.
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    happened to me! :bag:
  4. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Yes, all the time.

    It's not much of a stretch for a decent guitarist to pick up a bass and sound really good. There are plenty of examples of guitarists in bands playing bass on record.
  5. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
  6. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    When he plays your bass and his guitar on stage at the same time, then be concerned.
  7. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    ^^What he said^^
  8. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington

    One guitarist I regularly jam with is pretty good though
  9. Shedua511


    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
    99 % of the time I play fretless bass and Chapman Stick, so it doesn't happen that often :D
    Perhaps this incident can inspire you to pick up another instrument, I promise it will make you a better bass play. When in doubt, choose a piano!
  10. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
    Cep't guitarist tend to play bass like a guitar. Like playing licks and fills through the whole song. I did the opposite the other week in practice. Picked up an acoustic and played some really great finger picking. Of course thats all I can really do (besides rhythm) but hey, they didn't know that. +

  11. No , but on several occasions I have picked up their guitar and played better than them.:hyper:
  12. Our guitar player has played mine a few times...he has 2 of his own basses, as well as a stand up bass. But when he plays it looks like hes trying to strangle the neck,lol his grip is so friggin' tight that you can see his forearm muscles straining! Im surprised he can move his hands at all! In fact thats how he kinda looks playing his guitar,lol. So, my answer would be "No, not yet".
  13. slipitin

    slipitin Guest

    Jul 26, 2002
    I think the word Different can be confused with Better. Nobody plays your main instrument like you so don't get into a competition in your head.
  14. The more important issue is that the guitarist was able to figure out a good bass-riff for a chord progression. I'd concentrate more on that than worry about being a multi-instrumentalist. More ear-training and perhaps some rudimentary chord theory, so it's easier to figure out chord-progressions and create bass-lines.

    Also doesn't hurt to learn some guitar. It helps me a lot, because I can usually tell what chords guitarists are playing just by watching their hands.

    I haven't been in that situation... not yet. One former guitarist probably could have, but he was too thrilled about playing guitar (he apparently played bass in previous bands).
  15. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    It SHOULD bother you.
  16. MrDOS

    MrDOS Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Not in a LONG time :)
  17. It all depends on how the other band members receive you. I play in a band where the rhythm guitarist was a bass player in several bands in his younger years. The keyboardist has a masters in music - picked up my bass one day laid down a reasonably good bass line - the cool thing is they are both very complimentary of my bass playing- and I've gotten better and have found more interesting parts because of their knowledge - now , I have to explain that I've been playing since 1973 and I was 20 but these guys have been playing since they were 8 or 9. the band plays all originals so their lot's of room for creativity - we call it Therapy.
  18. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    .... but is he going to sound better playing the whole set?

    I'd guess not.
  19. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Our singer/guitarist depped on bass for a friends band and later he was complaining that he had to play all night!

    Apparently as a guitarist he could take a break at certain parts of the numbers but couldn't as a bass player.
  20. antonspon


    Mar 27, 2013
    Many guitarists can come up with a really sick bassline...but can they keep a simple, effective BASS part going for a whole song without getting bored? Chops is (relatively) easy, but stamina takes practice! ;)