i was curious what people felt was the ideal band structure. post what your preffered structure is, as well as what type of music it is refering to. personally i like a trio. it allows the bass to be more up front and lets the guitar add to the sound. having someone doubling as a singer also allows the vocalist not become bored and impatient in some type of instrumental part, and tryng to cut it short. im not a fan of rythem guitars, as i find that it is un nessisary. i tend to like minimalistic forms of rock and punk/post punk such as shellac, nomeansno amongst a variety of other things. im in a band thats slowly getting together, where im playing bass, and im teaching the singer (also my girlfriend) to play guitar with an open tuning and a slide. i was originally playing guitar and was teaching her to play bass, but she wasnt enjoying it too much (and then i started to want to play bass instead of guitar). i think its hard to enjoy bass much before you play another instrument, as its not so upfront in the music, which i think is why many people feel bass isnt as important as guitar.