Only guitarist in a trio

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  1. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Silver Member

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    Watching this thread with interest as I'm in the same boat (my poor trio.. :()
     
  2. fezz parka

    fezz parka fezz parka

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    I'm playing through a 5e3 and a 5d4 in that vid. :)
     
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  3. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Cool! Similar gain settings on both of them?
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I'm sorry to hear that :(
     
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    If you are not too precious about your songs being exactly like the original then it's fine. You can take any song (Skynyrd, Earth Wind and Fire, whatever) and turn it into the "Trio version" of the song. Change it enough and it becomes your own and you kind of have your own sound.

    It's no different than taking a cover song and changing the musical style to fit your playing style. For instance just about all my cover versions are the "Funky" variation of the original. So "Funky Come Together", "Funky Panama", "Funky Couldn't Stand the Weather", you get the idea.
     
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    No. Both were running fairly clean.

    I step on a Bosstone for the dirt...and for more dirt at one point I step on the Bad Bob.
     
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    If ZZ Top can you it, so can you!
     
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  8. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    It looks like it's on this weekend! I'll be in the woodshed if you need me...
     
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    Chicago Matt Strat-Talker

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    Cool!

    I think one other thing to think about might be, what is the most important part of all the instruments, other than the rhythm section? You can often cover that part on guitar. For instance, we do the old B.B. King favorite, Caldonia. To me the signature horn line is the most important instrumental element of the song. So I cover that part until the singing starts, then switch to playing the rhythm chords when the singing starts.

    I think it works pretty well for 3 pieces. It seems that people who like the song don't mind that parts are missing:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E6DcZLtiEcesEZc3UNb2O99CKU-wctzu/view?usp=sharing

    Good luck and have fun. Let us know how it goes!
     
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  10. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    When I played horn parts with The Right Angles, I'd frequently play them as octaves.
     
  11. Jasco

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    Less people you have in your band the better. More freedom. More responsibility. Less headaches. Less ways to split the check.

    One concept to keep in mind in a guitar/bass/drums trio situation is to do something different than the bass player to make the band sound bigger and do something the same as the bass player to make the band sound smaller.

    Don't be afraid to make new arrangements of a song to fit the instrumentation of your band.
     
  12. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Great news
    My advice?
    Dont overplay! Leave plenty of space for the vocals (I'm assuming there will be a singer) and ride the rhythm of the song.

    like this.....
     
  13. nutball73

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    Best band I was ever in was a trio. Loved it.

    I found that song breaks were best handled melodically or rhythmically - so very few long guitar solos, and use counterpoint between the guitar and bass, or guitar and drums to add interest. Think of the guitar as an alternative to vocals, rather than a thing on its own.

    Also reduce the amount of strumming going on during the vocal sections - use arpeggios, picked chords or little triads, so that when the solo comes up there's less of a drop in intensity.

    Enjoy!
     
  14. nutball73

    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    I should add that every good rock trio has a great drummer and bass player - think Cream, Winery Dogs, Led Zep etc.

    So it's not all your problem - everyone has to step up.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    This sounds like really good advice. Thanks!
     
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    Embrace the space!
    Don’t feel that you have to fill every space. Sparce can be powerful.
    Experiment with how little you can play.....I think you will be surprised.
     
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    Forget that fat, thick humbucker with a lot of gain.

    Give bass guitar and drums enough space.

    If your lead doesn’t add something, leave it.

    The song is more important than your wankery :)
     
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    Less is more.
     
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    What? Less is not more! Humbuckers are your friends! If I do trio I am taking every amp I own and playing my ass off!
     
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    Check out this trio.

     
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