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(@jasonrunguitar)
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So it looks like, after a couple years of passive searching, I may have finally stumbled my way into a band. It would appear that we're shaping up to be a three piece gig:

-Guitar/Vocals <-Me :)
-Guitar/Bass/Vocals
-Drums

We really want to do some of our own stuff eventually, but the problem is, that only amounts to about 2.5 songs as of the latest count! So we're looking to do some covers too, and I've spent that last half hour or so making a list of songs that I think could be fairly easily handled by the above-mentioned 3 person setup. I just know that I'm missing some great ones though. What songs come to mind when you guys think of rock songs (or, heck, any genre) doable on 3 parts?

-Jason
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(@nexion)
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Cream

"That’s what takes place when a song is written: You see something that isn’t there. Then you use your instrument to find it."
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(@usaf_chrisa)
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you have the exact same set-up as my band (except that i am the Guitar/Bass/Vocals). We try to write our own stuff but it doesnt work out so well. Red Hot Chili Peppers songs are fun to play. Any band that has a singer that doesnt play an instrument basically :).

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(@flashback)
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Cream
Black Sabbath
Mountain
Rage Against the Machine
Audioslave
White Stripes (wont need the bass sometimes! though you could double up everything like my band does)
SRV
Paul Gilbert (Mr Big, Racer X, etc. Depending on your guitar level, heck for Mr Big it depends on the bass players level too!)
Jonny Lang
Led Zeppelin
Jimi Hendrix

many many more!

I just tend to really dig small bands. With less people your forced to do more with what you have. Thats why I absolutely get off on the white stripes!

But listen to older blues players Sun House and Robert Johnson.
Old Jazz players Charlie Christian and Gatemouth Brown.

Alot of times if your bass player play little bit more than roots and fifths you can cover 4 piece bands that have a rhythm player.

Its all in how YOU make it.

Hope I helped any.

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(@jasonrunguitar)
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Oh yeah, I had totally forgotten about blues: Cream, SRV, Johnny Lang...I like it!
Also, I'm sure I can find some RHCP, Mountain, and Audioslave to do. Thanks guys!
Any more suggestions are still more than welcome.

-Jason
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(@coloradofenderbender)
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Rush, Van Halen, the Police, the Who come to mind quickly.


   
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Max Webster, Triumph, Kim Mitchell

Heh, all Canucks!! :lol: 8) :wink:


   
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Like everyone else said, Cream. Having a smaller group of people makes improvising that much easier, which is what Cream was known for.

The Who was also mentioned...While many of their biggest hits use more than 3 instruments (Drums, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, synth) some of their songs can be done with just 3, like Can't Explain, the Seeker, etc.

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(@musenfreund)
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You'll find plenty of material. The trick will be to find ways to play the songs using your line-up -- creating your own arrangements.

Congrats on getting a band together.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


   
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(@sarton)
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ZZ Top?

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I was wondering who might mention ZZTOP. "Simple" Jimi Hendrix - Like "Come On, Pt. 1", "Gypsy Eyes".

Black Sabbath.

Ehh I got a lot of em, but you probably never heard of them and thus, neither would your audience. That would not really get the crowd going, though.

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(@nexion)
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Sabbath and any other stoner/sludge rock band.

"That’s what takes place when a song is written: You see something that isn’t there. Then you use your instrument to find it."
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(@rahul)
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Green Day are the best band for doing the 3-piece thing.

You need -

1.Guitar (with distortion) and Vocals

2.Bass and backing vocals

3.A person who can play the heck outta drums.

And a bit of makeup and black outfits.Don't forget the attitude too.

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(@flashback)
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...LOL... to each his own.

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(@jasonrunguitar)
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Haha, oh yes, there will definitely be some Green Day! I'm a fan, to say the least, and it does fit very well to the 3-piece situation. I'm liking the ZZ Top idea too. Hadn't thought to them. Thanks all!

-Jason
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