Oh, the glory of the Three Piece Band!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Just joined a second band. Its a 3 piece (bass, drums, guitar) which is what I have should joined along time ago. Why?

    1. more gig money per band member!:D

    2. less schedule hassles

    3. a tighter sound

    4. fewer personality conflicts (?)

    This band is called DICK CASH. The leader was talking to a friend at a casino and said I might as well leave I've got DICK CASH. Somehow it suits the genre.

    The genre is 50s rock with an edge.

    A few songs we do..

    1. Misrilou - Pulp fiction theme

    2. I Fought the Law

    3. rock this town

    4. pipeline

    5. cocaine blues

    6. that's alright mama

    7. secret agent man

    8. love potion number nine

    9. Rumble

    10. Who do you love

    Anyway, this band is great for me. The leader is a dude I've worked with for years and he's a great guitarist and singer with lots of charisma. Most importantly he's a great guy.

    Anyone else really enjoying their 3 piece? Any drawbacks?
  2. i was in a three piece band, and i love them. granted i am in a 4 piece now, which is a lot of fun, but 3 piece bands are great for bass players because there is so much space to play around in musically. Plus my two all-time favorite bands are in a three peice format--Cream and Jacob Fred Jazz Oddysey :)
  3. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    When I was playing in a 3-piece loved it. It was old school punk (think Ramones) and it really let me come through. It was a lot of fun. :bassist:
  4. SlavaF


    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    I'm in a couple bands right now, and one of them's a 3 piece, the other's a 6 piece.

    Surprisingly, there isnt a huge difference in how I play for them, though in the 3 piece I try to fill the sound up a bit more with octaves and chords and stuff. It's a lot of fun, even more doing backup vox too... It's great being able to let loose and not worry about stepping on anyone's toes (too much):smug: More room to move around on stage too :p
  5. Yvon


    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm ain a 4 piece band, but the singer rarely play guitar.
    So it's kind of a 3 piece. I love it!
  6. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    3 piece bands are fun, without a doubt.

  7. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Three piece, aw yeah.
  8. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    Not enough people to haul equipment!
    But yeah, playing-wise, it's a blast.
  9. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I'm in a 7-piece. The only time that's a good thing is when we have to start coughing up for gas and shirt expenses.
  10. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Sound's like a cool band. Some of that old 50s rock is really cool.
  11. I agree with most of your points. However, our band recently went from a three to a four piece band, and it has definitely been for the positive. Some reasons why:

    1) Lead singer can be more energetic than our previous guitarist/singer. That energy makes the audience more in to our songs.

    2) Our guitarist can now focus on his guitar playing more, and is consequently playing better, and also playing more "lead" parts than strictly "rhythm" parts.

    3) Our lead singer does play acoustic rhythm guitar on some songs, and can also play harmonica parts.

    4) With myself and the guitarist on backing vocals, we can do some neat harmonies and backing vocal stuff.

    So, while a three piece definitely has advantages, I've just personally found that I like the four piece rock band structure a little better.
  12. three peices are great because they are so easy to play in...if you happen to find the right people though, im all for adding to the mix, its just that when you add that fourth person...or more, they damn well better know what theyre doing, and they better do it well.
  13. My band is a three piece (bass, drums, guitar) right now, and I love it. Any more instruments would clutter the sound.

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