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Four Guitar Players in One Band?

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

  1. stevel

    stevel Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    Hampton Roads, Virginia
    Why do you continue to play with people like this?
  2. Stratman Dan

    Stratman Dan Member

    Oct 4, 2014
    Don't worry, i can see the future. Because you are a Gear Page member, i will discount my services to to price of zero.

    I have rolled the bones and and this is what they told me.

    The 1st guitar player, will become a reverend and quit.
    The 2nd guitar player, will quit because his wife told him to.
    The 3rd guitar player, will quit because his hubby told him to
    and that other guitar player wont work out.

    That leaves you, who practices everyday and who dependably shows up for practices with no drama and who knows his smut with the job.

    John Hurtt likes this.
  3. kafka

    kafka Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    The Canadian Blue Öyster Cult ...


    ... until they entered their Loverboy phase.


    Notes on videos:
    SotGQ: Kudos to the guy who did the lyrics for the video. I especially like part at 1:50 where it reads "music". `Cause, you know, it's always helpful to have someone point out when the "music" part of the song starts.

    IYSK: You have to appreciate a band that selects models for their video based on their ability to do a double roll.

    IYSK: Also, if you have any questions on how to handle that extra guitarist, check out 2:05.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  4. kafka

    kafka Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    If he's smart he'll just play rhythm, bring a mic stand and pretend to do background vocals. Nobody ever fires that guy.
  5. deluxeg

    deluxeg Member

    Apr 18, 2013
  6. ToneGrail

    ToneGrail Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    ^ This.

    My when I break into solos I use double stops or I fingerpick with my thumb playing bass notes while my fingers are playing the melody. I've never needed a 2nd guitarist. It would be redundant and the person would just take up space in the van and eat food while not providing any value. We're a trio and always travel lean and mean.
  7. jwalker99

    jwalker99 Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Molly Hatchet. "6 Men , 6 Guitars"
  8. 667

    667 Member

    Jul 1, 2009
    new orleans, LA
    When I'm in New England, I sit in with some guys in a similar situation- 4 guitars (1 acoustic, 3 electrics). It takes a lot of restraint and listening, and you really have to check your ego at the door for it to not sound like a hot mess. But, it's possible- we've been doing like this for almost 20 years, so I know the players and their quirks pretty well by now! I usually will pick one guy to lock in with and challenge myself to use broken chords and inversions, when possible, to compliment the other player(s), instead of trying to show off my own playing. Many times, I'm playing just two notes of a chord higher up on the fretboard using a combination of pick and fingers for nuance. And other times, it's best to just not play anything at all for a few bars...'just enjoy the ride and watch the ladies in the crowd!

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