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2 bass players in a band

Post by spiderpain » August 18th, 2003, 12:12 pm

Are there any bands that have two bass players in it along with a couple of guitar players?


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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by G-Bass » August 18th, 2003, 5:08 pm

Not that I've heard of, sorry.
It's highly uncommon to have two bass players in one band.
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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by Laz » August 18th, 2003, 6:35 pm

Arrgh - brain-lock >:(.

I know there are at least 2 bands, one of which I think is all-girl.

It willl come to me at 2am...

Also, there are several multi-bass jams like Vooten's Bass Camp, and other corporate showcases.

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by paul donnelly » August 18th, 2003, 6:36 pm

There is a band with two, but they shall remain unnamed, since I cannot remember who it was.  It would be cool though.  I may have to rustle up another one.  Why do you ask?

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by spiderpain » August 19th, 2003, 8:45 am

I was thinking about how two basses could be put together as you would put two guitar players together.  I was wondering if there would be a problem with texturing the music using two bass players.  As we all know that at low frequencies the textures waver at a much slower speed than guitars do.  Using the bass in a speedmetal for texturing purposes would be useless.  Bass playing at slower paces would be useful.  Otherwise just use bass to express melodic propulsion?

I was wondering kind of set up I'd like in my band someday.

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by paul donnelly » August 19th, 2003, 7:03 pm

I bet you could get some pretty cool harmony with some basses, guitars, and mandolins (electric of course) on top.  Maybe one bass could play chords.  Lots of people say it sounds bad, but it doesn't!  You could also have one play slap while the other played regular.  It's certainly something to think about.  Also, I think fast bass duets would work, since the notes have a bunch of overtones which are higher and help people recognize the note.

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by spiderpain » August 20th, 2003, 10:53 am

One bass player playing chords while the other plays slap bass.  Hmm, that's something intriguing.  You've got my head going now.  I'm thinking that the bass playing chords is the organic all natural drum box?  You know how the real low down rumbling bass can sound...


Now I am wondering how low can bass guitars go?  Do they downtune?

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Post by paul donnelly » August 20th, 2003, 6:56 pm

They do indeed downtune.  I've found the practical limit to be going down a fourth.  That's about when the string gets too floppy.  It's playable, but it has a weird tone.  Of course heavier strings would solve that.  You might be able to get a super low jeep bass F if you had a 160 gauge string.  I wonder if they make those.  At lesclaypool.com there's a song sample partway down the news page.  I quote, "'D's Diner' features sitar player Gabby Lang in addition to the triple-bass onslaught of Claypool, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) and Lonnie Marshall (Weapon of Choice)."  Pretty cool.  I must admit, this idea has me going too.

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by woodenfret » August 26th, 2003, 3:28 am

Yeah I saw a band in France with 2 bass players, well a double bass player and an electric bass player.

It was Pascal Auberson's big band about 20 years ago.

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by fleaaaaaa » September 4th, 2003, 1:07 pm

one thing I know is that a song by massive attack called angel has two bass parts, though I don't know if they're real bass guitars or electronic ones, but does that matter?

Anyway, one is playing two notes and it's an easy bassline but the sort you recognise so quickly. The other bass guitar plays a slapped deep C, I presume they downtuned the bass guitar. Two basses and it works, but the bass guitars both have completely different tones.
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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by paul donnelly » September 5th, 2003, 10:50 pm

I think different tones are the key.

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by bassically » October 21st, 2003, 10:46 pm

On tour last winter, James Taylor's band had 2 bass players.  

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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by hbriem » October 22nd, 2003, 3:26 am

Robert Smith, singer of the Cure, often plays second bass.  He usually uses a Fender VI which is tuned like a guitar, an octave low and play it more like a low lead guitar than a bass.  Sounds good though.
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Re: 2 bass players in a band

Post by 97reb » October 22nd, 2003, 5:18 pm

Spinal Tap, dude.  "Big Bottom Girls" has three basses, hah.  HAH,  :D , hah.!.!
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2 bass players

Post by BaronVonRock » January 12th, 2005, 12:31 am

As far as I know, Primus has 2 bass players.

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