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Playing bass live without accompaniment

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SouthTunnel, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. SouthTunnel


    Jun 9, 2013
    After playing around overdubbing with my RC-3 and other effects, I got to thinking... My band only plays about once per month. I wonder if I could put together some covers, and play small gigs, coffeehouses, or whatever, without any accompaniment? Layer the bass, rhythm, and then play lead on top, maybe play or sing the vocal parts.

    Could be fun, but I'm not sure if the sound would be full enough to pull it off. Have any of you ever tried something like this? Thoughts?
  2. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Never seen it done. You could be the first.
  3. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Ive done this once, in a coffeeshop. The owner didnt appreciate it much.
  4. thetaxmiser

    thetaxmiser Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2002
    Sonoma County, CA, USA
    I suggest you check out the "Ask Steve Lawson and Michael Manring" forum here at TB. Good ideas there.
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Do it all the time for short open mic sets, but no covers, just originals. No need for loopers or any EFX at all if you can sing, IMHO. They will make for a bigger sound though, if that's what you want.

    +1 to checking out Michael and Steve's forum. I've seen them live and they both know how to sell it.
  6. I do it sometimes with the upright bass, a hi-hat stand, some bongos, and some singing thrown in there. I keep my foot going to maintain steady rhythm, and once in a while stop playing bass and switch to bongos for a drum solo.

    Works pretty good most of the time, as long as it sounds smooth and is kinda groovy, people dig it.
    Rehearse a short set and try it out in a subway station or something.
  7. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada

    I thought the first two were pretty damn cringe worthy but the last guy i mean, its not my kinda stuff at all but i'd say he's got more of something going. Of course the irony is he is not doing an original (well he clearly adapted it to solo bass though).... I'm not sure if it means in general bassists are not good composers.... Definitely if someone is gonna attempt this, they probably should start with covers first...
  8. SouthTunnel


    Jun 9, 2013
    I've got chops, but not Michael Manring "record a bass only solo album" chops. Plus I'm not sure the general public would get it anyways. Solo bassist usually appeal primarily to other bassists.

    What I was thinking about was using an Octaver up on a rhythm layer, down on a bass layer to get more separation from highs and lows... Throw on top a synth or distortion solo. Create a variety of sounds. Stuff like that.
  9. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    if you're a good enough musician i think you could pull off anything you wanted to.
  10. devo_stevo


    Aug 2, 2006
    Northern Utah
    Builder: Brumbaugh Guitarworks
    Check out El Ten Eleven on you tube. There are two of them (drummer and guitar/bassist) They do some pretty awesome stuff with just the two of them and a bunch of loops and effects. Almost makes me want a double neck...
  11. Hell if you get to have a drummer you could do something like Clatter http://youtu.be/PAhQ2F56Gn0
    :scowl: I watch to much YouTube, don't I?:scowl:
  12. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Ed Friedland is very good at it.
  13. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Years ago, I saw a guy do just that at the one of the blues bars in the East Village (NYC).
    An acoustic/electric bass, a small amp and a microphone.

    He played and sang well known covers that have a good groove (on that I remember was "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay") and that people knew. I thought it was awesome and have wanted to do something similar ever since.
  14. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
  15. SouthTunnel


    Jun 9, 2013
    I think I'd need a more advanced loop station. I love my RC-3. It's powerful for what it is... But not quite enough for this.
  16. Even as a bassist, I wouldn't sit through more than one song.