Having a bass player is now optional

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Clef_de_fa, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Yep, last night I went to our local week long music festival ( Festival d'été de Québec ) where we have big act all week and some local act.

    Yesterday I saw a French act called "M" and he didn't have a bass player. Nope, instead he had another guitar player with many pad and synth stuff attach to the guitar body to trigger varous effects. That guy was also playing the bass with his guitar ( the E and A stringss where bright yellow while the rest were normal ) so he had some kind of octave effect that only worked with the E and A strings. Quite clever actually.

    So I think my point is, there is no instrument that can't be replace by something else.
  2. PB+J


    Mar 9, 2000
    arlington va
    You may have heard of a band called The Doors. LA band, active in the 60s and early 70s, had a few hits?

    They had no bass player when they played live, and most of their studio recordings had no bass player either
  3. If your point is that samples and computers are capable of making bass sounds...

    Yes, that is correct.
  4. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Ahem, lots (most?) of their recordings had a bass player, and most of the time it was some badass session cat.
  5. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    My old band was 6 guys then the economy tanked & we went down to four.
    Gigs got leaner and now they are a duo and I'm looking for a gig.
  6. ishkabibble


    May 10, 2010
    San Dimas, CA
    So... he was doing the same thing that the guitarist from Local H was doing since the 90s?
    Dude routed out a Telecaster and stuck a PBass pickup under the E and A strings, which were a heavier gauge then the rest, then ran that out through a separate jack which ran through a Boss octaver.

    Nihil novi sub sole man. What you might've just discovered and believe to be profound wisdom, someone else already has discovered it, practiced and perfected it.
    Hell, just look at pianists. Some of those jazz dudes who accompany themselves with their left hand can play better walking basslines while playing a melody than most of us can just playing bass.
  7. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    We opened for a country band a few weekends ago that at one time was a pretty big name. They only had 4 guys on stage and none of them was a bassist. Keyboardist was covering the bass parts. I've seen this in other bands too but this was the first country band I saw going sans bassist. Suffice to say I lost a lot of respect for them when I saw that and didn't feel obligated to watch their set.

    So yeah, bass seems to be the first player to go when the rest of the band wants bigger pieces of the pie. On the flip side, it keeps me motivated to be my best so I'm not one of them.
  8. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    As a keyboard player, I'm used to see my job taking care by midi guitars, bass with effects, or audio track...
  9. claytitan


    Mar 12, 2008
    Learn how to sing. Singing lead on 5-10 songs a night and harmonies on most of the rest. You won't be going anywhere in most cover bands unless you are a douche or you want to go.
  10. ishkabibble


    May 10, 2010
    San Dimas, CA
    Really? :rolleyes:
    That's just plain immature and incredibly rude of you.
    Ever consider that maybe they got rid of their bass player because, gasp, the bass isn't as vital a part of THEIR music that necessitated having a fifth member who plays bass, and with that fifth member extra complications in logistical planning, extra money spent on touring for lodging, food and whatever else the band member requires?

    And judging by your attitude you just might be.
    Bass players are the first to go? Ha. Ha. Ha.
    Tell me, how many gigging pianists do you know?
    The days of the piano man are over. At best, all you get in modern pop music is midi arrangements. And going back to my point of logistics, what's better? A laptop with the midi arrangements preloaded on it, or a pianist/synth player who has to drag around his bulky, heavy piano/synth, and his piano amp? And then, once he gets there and sets up, be immediately pelted by complaints from almost every member of the band, for 'taking up too much space on the stage' or 'having too busy a left hand and walking all over the bass player's bassline' or 'not moving enough and and killing the band's stage presence?'
  11. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Several, and not only do they not need bassists, they don't need anyone else.
  12. Some great bands don't have bass players. Some terrible bands do. The presence of a bass player tells me nothing about the quality of the band or whether I'll like it or not. If I like the music, I don't care what instruments they use.
  13. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    I post that because I see a lot of people here who think they are very important and dominate the harmony by changing what they play.

    It just another proof that every instruments can be replaced
  14. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I saw a 5 piece 70s disco band yesterday at a festival. They had 2 guitars, drums, keyboards, and a female singer. No bass player. The band was good but being that most of the songs were built around good bass lines, it was disappointing that the keyboard player was playing the bass parts the best he could but it limited him to being a one handed keyboard player.
  15. The yeah yeah yeahs are awesome and they don't have a bass player. Sometimes they have a second guitarist who plays bass but gold lion is probably their best song and he plays acoustic while nick plays electric. They get a nice sound though because their drummer and guitarist are amazing.
  16. To OP, I guess you're unfamiliar with Charlie Hunter then? He plays hybrid 7 and 8 string instruments, some bass strings and some guitar strings, separate outputs so he runs the bass strings to a bass amp and the guitar strings through his effects chain and into a guitar amp.

    Also, I've seen bands with no guitarist, and many with no drummer. Also still seems to be plenty of bands with keyboards/piano/organ/synth around, although admittedly not as common as bass is in bands.

    Isn't it supposed to be more about the musicians and the music than the instruments?
  17. Ajak


    Mar 31, 2012
    Bern, Switzerland
    Carach Angren works without Bass. There's some here and there on the albums but none live. The guitar player plays a 7-string but not with a lot of low end and certainly not in a way that would replace a bass. And there actually is no need for it! They sound great without a bass and with nobody replacing it.

    just a little input
  18. Ajak


    Mar 31, 2012
    Bern, Switzerland
  19. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender

    Oct 28, 2012
    Largo Fla.
    The White Stripes ?
  20. I heard some rap music the other day. They had no singer... :)