Trying to make up for missing Piano

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by LowRick, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. LowRick


    Mar 24, 2019
    Hello people

    This is gonna be a bit of a noob question, so if you're not into that kind of thing please move along ;)

    I'm in a CCR cover band which is in startup fase. Most of the bandmembers have little experience but we're having an awesome time.

    One of the songs we're playing is Have You Ever Seen The Rain. The little bass rif which is heard a couple of times in this song is accentuated with a piano. We have no piano... At first the guitar guy said i did it all wrong, but thats what guitar guys do so i did what bass guys do and kicked him. in the long run, this wont work because, you know, you can only kick guitar people so often before they start to cry. (We also have a Guitar Gal, but she is my sister so kicking is out of the question. My brother in law is rather bigger than me) Anyway, apart from having no piano, we have no piano guy either. The voice-guy keeps saying he'd like to try, but we give him the yoda remark: try there is not.

    Long story short, i'm not into effects (yet). Not because i don't like them, but because there are so many and so many opinions on them i never really got into them (yet :p). I prioritised Bass technique first. Now however, in the danger of our voice guy coming close to making noise with his my-first-sony, i'd like to ask, do you guys think there's a suitable effect for this accentuating? should i think harmonics?

    Hoping to hear you guys' (and gals') expert opinion...
  2. | KEY9 - Electric Piano Machine | Electro-Harmonix

    Is about as close and easy as you are going to get without spending a bunch of money. I suggest trying one out and possibly buying used.

    Great tune, FOR tunes are lots of fun to play and always crowd pleasin. Usually we just have the acoustic or electric guitar double the bass line if there is no piano player and in one band the harmonica doubled the line.
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  3. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    The EHX Key9 is actually really great at what it is doing, sounds great, you just need to be aware that it is only rated to be able to track down to the low A on a bass, so playing any lower will likely cause tracking issues which might manifest in the unit not sounding properly making weird glitz noises or not working at all.
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  4. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    My opinion, I wouldn't worry too much about duplicating the song exactly. Just figure out something that gives a brighter (more treble) tone on that part. It could be as simple as picking or plucking your strings closer to the bridge to give a brighter sound. Or a simple graphic equalizer pedal.