Instrumentals to do while guitarist changes broken string

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  1. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
    I play in a three piece cover band, guitar/singer, bass, and drums, and about every other show the guitarist breaks a string and we lose momentum while he swaps it out, happened last night at our NYE show. So I am looking for some suggestions on instrumentals the drummer and I can do during his string change, we have just jammed on made up grooves in the past, but wouldn't mind having something recognizable for our listeners. In a past band we used to do Cissy Strut when it happened and it seemed to work, any other ideas?
  2. Why not just have a spare guitar on hand tuned up and ready to go?
  3. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
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    +1000% :bassist:
  4. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I have been looking for the vamp that the Dead Kennedys did when a string broke. Jello Biafra just started riffing about all kinds of things. It was fantastic.
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  5. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
    Because that is not an option, the guitarist doesn't have a backup electric, trust me that's what we would do if we could. That is why I asked the question....
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  6. 4' 33" by John Cage

  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Tell him to buy one with his gig money. It doesn't have to be expensive, just something to get through the set.
    He needs to step up and be a pro.
  8. +1. One can get a serviceable backup guitar these days for $100 or so. It does not have to be a fantastic instrument as it only has to last until the set break.
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  9. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
    Thanks for the input, but I'm looking for song ideas.
  10. Get a Fuzz Pedal, Iron Butterfly - In a Gadda De Vida

    Four Top - Bernadette ..without the guitar of course, like anyone would notice
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  11. Barney Miller theme song?
  12. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    He break strings that often? LOL
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  13. Get yourself an octave up pedal and jam Seven Nations Army.
  14. Herbie Hancock's Chameleon!

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  15. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Most ELP....
  16. tbirdsp


    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    If he breaks strings that often something is seriously wrong with his guitar or his technique.
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  17. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. Its predominantly entirely drums and bass and most younger crowds will recognize it well enough. Worked for me once when my guitarist had to embarassigly restring after the first song.

    Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes is also a solid choice. Again mostly drums and bass and if you have a fuzz you can totally get away with cranking it and playing the lead too.
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  18. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    Well, it kind of depends on the kind of music you play, to begin with.

    I've actually been working on arrangements of pop songs, but kind of "simplified" for bass and vocals. A lot of it can be easily played on a 4-string, and with the right technique. I don't know what kind of techniques you utilise, but I play a lot of two-handed tapping, make use of a lot of drone notes, occasionally use a spider capo...some VERY light slap and a few other tricks up my sleeve. (I say very light because I'm not much into slap, but sometimes, it just makes the arrangement work).
  19. squidtastic

    squidtastic Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    To simplify things, you could just vamp on the first four.

    Or YYZ.

    Either one.

    Oh, but I kid. Given that you do Cissy Strut, maybe similar groove tunes like I'll Take You There by Staple Singers or Brick House (since everyone knows that one), or if you wanna go for a slightly comical vibe, Super Freak.
  20. Kennoath

    Kennoath Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Perhaps you could choose a fill-in that subtly makes a point to your guitarist to get it together, a "countdown" sort of number like the theme from Jeopardy?

    I'd second the suggestions re Gorillaz or Brick House, or maybe try "I'll write the song, you sing for me", by Irving, which can be arranged w/o guitar.

    Another option for danceable + comic relief is "Push It" by Salt n Pepa, which can be driven along in a rocked up version with just drums and bass. May trigger ironic singalong with the right audience.
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