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Two basses?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by BassRox42, May 26, 2011.

  1. BassRox42


    May 26, 2011
    Is it workable to have two basses in one band? The basses would either be both electric guitar basses, or one standard bass and one electric. I'm wondering if the bass sound would drown out the other musicians' sound, or steal the spotlight or something?
    The rest of the band consists of a drummer, a keyboardist, an electric guitarist, and a singer.
    How would it sound?
    Thanks a bunch! :bassist:
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    You can have 2 basses in a band but you can't have 2 instruments playing bass parts at the same time, otherwise bad things happen.
  3. Worlds collide!
  4. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Tell that to Ornette.
  5. Eric Swanson

    Eric Swanson

    Oct 8, 2007
    Boston, MA

    The short answer is "yes."

    The longer answer is that it has been done many times, successfully. Like most other music, how it sounds depends on the players' ears and playing skills.
  6. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    The best thing is to stay in different ranges. Worked out properly it can be really cool.
  7. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
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    You were saying??:bag:
  8. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    I do it in my sdchool jazz band, and it's looking like I'll be doing the same next year (I was the only upright player to audition). I think of it from a harmony standpoint, and thinking of it as adding meat to the harmony.
  9. I saw it happen with Ivan Neville's band Dumpstaphunk, where two bassists traded solo licks. They stayed out of each other's way during the vocal verses, though.
  10. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
  11. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    So, what have we learned today?..

    Q.) Is it okay to have more than one bassist in a band?

    A.) Yes, if all the bassists are REALLY famous
  12. JtheJazzMan


    Apr 10, 2006
    Just as long as youre the amazing one, otherwise when the band gets too expensive to hire, I reckon one of the bassists will be the first to get the chop.
  13. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    There's only one bass line in Big Bottom.
  14. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    Original music or covers? Not much use for 2 in a cover band.

    What are the best 2 basses for ( insert genre here)?
  15. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
  16. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    Custom builder - Arizona Bass Company/Curcio Custom Basses
    You should ask Anthony Welington and Victor "Victa" Wooten. I've seen them together with Victor's brothers and Soul Circus. Three bass players at once. All amazing all at the same time. Fantastic to watch.
  17. Mrdak

    Mrdak uber bass geek baby!

    Feb 1, 2006
    Middle GA

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