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Four Guitar Players in One Band?

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by 2HBStrat, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Gibson Dog

    Gibson Dog Silver Supporting Member

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    I would bail but it would be pretty cool to have one guy play straight > 2nd guy playing the octave > 3rd guy playing an octave up & the 4th guy an octave down from the 2nd guy - it would sound MASSIVE!! I had a cover band in the 90's with 2 guitar players & a keyboard player & we would do something like that with all the stuff you have to play in a cover band. You can make Sweet Caroline & all those other songs a lot more interesting to play, the audience doesn't care as long as they hear the melody they're good.
     
  2. twotone

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    Too many axemen spoil the chops.
     
  3. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Similar story. I was the only one called for a meeting at work & didn't realise I was being fired; my last job.
    The guys at my current workplace don't know about it otherwise a lot of things will make sense to them. ;)
     
  4. scottlr

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    Without reading all of this, if you have good piano and a singer that can do a good Freddie Mercury, 4 guitars could recreate a lot of Brian May's solos. D:
     
  5. Jaguar

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    More than 2 guitarists in a band is an orchestra.
    If I want to see/hear an orchestra, I rather see an orchestra.

    With more than 2 guitarists in a band for me the hate factor kicks in.
    I just don't like to hear or watch it. Let alone being part of it...

    I'm an easy going guy but this... it rubs me so the wrong way. Don't stroke a cat against his furrrrr! ;- )
     
  6. MaxTwang

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    Fripp's got you beat

     
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  7. Alamous

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    1. Plays electric-rhythm and sings
    2. Plays lead guitar
    3. Plays acoustic strumming
    4. plays occasional embellishments, doubles on the choruses, big baritone-tremolo-chords, etc.

    And none of them really need to play all the time and everyone should not be loud all the time.
     
  8. weedzzz

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    Sounds excessive to me, but i suppose it depends on the music you do.

    I mean i suppose it could work with clever arrangements designed for that purpose, but then so could 100 guitars, but if you’ve just got 4 guitarists for music that doesn’t require that many then it’s just ridiculous.
     
  9. Rod

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    “What is the proper response?” Are you Shi..ing Me? :p
     
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  10. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Shipping?
    Shilling?
    Shimming?
    Shinning?
     
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  11. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    You almost never hear that from a bar cover band.
     
  12. sahhas

    sahhas Supporting Member

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    Bruce Springsteen’s live band has 4 guitar players in it. Not sure it makes much sense, but it does
     
  13. mojotele65

    mojotele65 Supporting Member

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    This
    I played in a country band with 3 guitar players. 4 is perfectly fine, as long as everyone understands their role.
    we did this:
    1. Played acoustic, pretty much always used cowboy chords with a capo, some leads for the appropriate song
    2. Played Lead and embellishments
    3. Me, I played Baritone, slide, organ pedal stuff, mandolin, just what ever noise what needed for the song, and took an occasional lead.
    No one ever used the same effects, for example if we were doing a Waylon song only one guy used a phaser.
    On occasion we had a steel player sit in with us.

    We played together for so long and knew what the other would and would not do, it never got messy or too much.
     
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  14. epauley

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    It would never work logistically at local venues here. Stages are shrinking. Our four-person band has barely enough room.
     
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    Sorry, didn't mean to mischaracterize your post as "complaining". My bad.

    However....since you didn't overtly deny it....I'm still thinking it's possible you're Janick Gers. :dude
     
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    Proper response? C ya
     
  17. Flyin' Brian

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    Doobie Brothers 3 guitars for decades, but John McFee is often playing something else....pedal steel, violin, dobro, harp, banjo, cello or whatever else he can make work.
     
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    What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
     
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    As Keef once told Mick..."There are only two guitar players in this band, and you are not one of them."

    I thought the Eagles were on overkill, Glenn, Joe, Don and occasionally Don Henley.
     

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