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Posted by kenny on March 16, 2001 at 10:10:15:
In Reply to: Guitarists playing bass. Not good, not good. posted by Dave Wood on March 16, 2001 at 03:06:36:
I played guitar for about 12 years; played lead guitar in several bands until
my friend who is a great guitar player and an amazing singer/songwriter asked me
to play bass in his band. So I made the switch. At first it took some getting
used to, but my friend/band leader has complimented me many times, saying "you
know exactly what the songs need...bass lines which fit the groove, are more
than root notes, but don't get in the guitar's way" Well that's exactly what I
wanted from my bass player when I played guitar.
Several years later, this band went into the studio and recorded with a well
known producer who has worked with many big name artists. He told me my bass
lines "support the songs very well...not flashy but real, real solid". (I am
really proud of that) And he had no idea I was a former guitar player. Now, this
is in a rock band context, so it might be different for a jazz/funk/pop bass
player, but I think I transitioned just fine.
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