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Thread: Science Suggests Bassists Are Far More Important Than Most People Realize

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    I really like having a bass player. Gives me a lot of freedom on guitar.
    Unless a client requests something else, bass is the first instrument I would hire for a duo.
    Alternatively, it could be female vocals, second guitar, keys, sax, flute, or accordion even.
    For trio, I would either add bass and drums, keys (playing left-hand bass) and drums,
    bass and second guitar, keys, accordion, sax or female singer.

    Gotta have that bass player, or else I gotta play all those bass notes!

    Tuba would be cool too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublewah View Post
    I really like having a bass player. Gives me a lot of freedom on guitar.
    Unless a client requests something else, bass is the first instrument I would hire for a duo.
    Alternatively, it could be female vocals, second guitar, keys, sax, flute, or accordion even.
    For trio, I would either add bass and drums, keys (playing left-hand bass) and drums,
    bass and second guitar, keys, accordion, sax or female singer.

    Gotta have that bass player, or else I gotta play all those bass notes!

    Tuba would be cool too.
    Tuba--isn't that heavy metal?
    weighty brass?
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    The Beatles obviously recognized the role of bass in their music. There were times when their mixes brought the bass more to the forefront, such as Paperback Writer. I found it fascinating that when they recorded Back In The USSR, Paul cut the main bass track with his 4001, and then both John and George added additional tracks using the Bass VI the band had recently acquired.

    I agree with DW.....If a person doing a solo act wanted to add an extra instrument, the logical choices would be either a guitarist or a bass player. I've done the second instrument thing a few times, both lead and bass, and to my ear, the addition of bass was a more profound change in the sound, adding the musical reinforcement of a second player, but also acting as a percussion instrument.
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