Only guitarist in a trio

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  1. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Any tips for being the only guitarist in a trio. This might happen in a not too distant future and I'm a bit out of my depth. I know there are a bunch to study but any tips are welcome.
     
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    Is one of the trio a keyboard? If so, then relax, you’ll get to play rhythm, leads, whatever you want. If there are no keys, then you’d better start brushing up on your chords.:D
     
  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    What are the other instruments, bass and drums, or something else?

    Not that I'm any kind of expert, but for that I'd just practice playing rhythm and lead combined. I actually do that a lot, because I'm usually the only guitar player in a one-piece band in my music room. :)
     
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    rockon1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Last band I was in I was the guitarist in a trio. . Pick songs that lend themselves to the task. Make the songs "your own" so to speak.


    I liked punching things up like this one. Lot of fun.



    Or this

     
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    Brush up on your chords and injecting lead lines while playing bass notes with your thumb.

    Or you could use the EVH (RIP) method and crank the hell out of it.
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    If the other two are a triangle and accordion... yer screwed.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    As far as I know now, the other instruments are bass and drums.
     
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    LOL
     
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    This ^^^

    Play a nice full rhythm when the singing is going on. During a solo, don't worry. if the drummer and bass player are solid, it won't be as empty sounding as you might think. I only started playing in a trio a few years ago. We had a keyboard player, but he moved away. Couldn't find a good replacement so we rearranged a bit and carried on as a trio. It's seemed to work pretty well so far, and has been a liberating experience.

    Here's a sample:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zqmi4A9kkIEqgl2vy0BnDWOpVZFIeKru/view?usp=sharing
     
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    There's no laying back then. Be the man and own it.
     
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    What kind of music? Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mountain, and then a whole bunch of bands that would be a trio if you took out the singer...did fine.

    If it's a jazz gig, I stick with my previous post. If it's a country gig, YEE-HAW and GO FOR IT! Same with Rockabilly or punk, etc...
     
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    You’ll pull it off !!
     
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    I've been in a few trios. The right songs are a big part of sounding good. And having the right bass player and drummer who also know how to play in a trio. The more singers, the better. While I was playing bass, I also used a synth activated with foot pedals, which really filled out the sound, but finding someone who can play like that is rare.
     
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    That sounds great! It also sounds like I'll have to step up my game.
     
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    Don't know yet. Not even sure it will happen but it looks very promising.
     
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    I can help you if you are the only guitarist in a duo:
     
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    Leather pants. Definately.
     
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    No bongo player?

     
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    Before COVID I played in a trio. I played mostly rhythm on an acoustic, and sometimes bass. There was another electric guitar who played lead, and a singer who sometimes strummed an acoustic. I’d be scared crapless if I was the only guitar player.
     
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    Let your bass and drums help. Trust them to be the rhythm section...you don't need fill every moment. Vocals and stuff are important too.

    oh...yeah, have fun.
     
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