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How does my band sound without guitar?

squeally dan

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I've been playing in a dance/wedding band for several years. About a year ago our bass player quit. He was also great on hitting the harmony vocals. We couldn't decide on a bassist so eventually I ended up "filling in" on bass. Here we are a year later and I'm still on bass. We decided to recruit a horn section and are still working that out. We have had more gigs than ever even without guitar. The keyboardist and I have been trying to pickup some of the backup vocals. Now we are wondering if we really need guitar.

These are two recording from a gig we played outside about 8 months ago. The horns need to be eq'd and don't sound quite right. Also, on this particular night, we only had a sax and trombone. I was still very new to bass at this point and I think I have improved since. The singer/drummer called for me to take a bass solo in Boogie shoes, which I wasn't expecting, so try to ignore that part. The keyboardist was also playing some horn parts since we didn't have the entire horn section that night. Remember it is a very rough mix.

What do you think? Do we need guitar?

Sound clips:
[SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/squeally-dan/juice-boogie-shoes-rough-mix[/SOUNDCLOUD]
[SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/squeally-dan/juice-no-diggity-rough-mix[/SOUNDCLOUD]
 
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jtindle

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I think y'all sound great! Does it need guitar? No. I think a little funky guitar in the verses would sound good but it doesn't need it.


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squeally dan

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I think y'all sound great! Does it need guitar? No. I think a little funky guitar in the verses would sound good but it doesn't need it.


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Thanks for the feedback and I agree with you. I love and miss guitar but have had fun learning how to play bass. The bass parts to some of this dance stuff are harder than guitar.
 

Michael Hunter

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I hate to say it, since that genre's more or less been my stock in trade, but the guitar is the most expendable instrument in that type of band. Particularly if there are keys.
 

wire-n-wood

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You have a great groove going. With keys, brass... no, you don't need guitar. I love the cleanness of it.
 

EricPeterson

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Dan, I think it sounds great without guitar, I agree with jtindle that guitar could fill it out a bit or add some texture, but really it sounds great without.
 

R2112

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I do sound and work a lot of corporate and vip type things.
In that capacity I get to hear a lot of bands.
You guys sound fine without a guitar.
I have seen a few bands without guitar and it worked.
Just stay away from guitar riff heavy songs or use a guitar patch from the synth
People who have a few drinks in them and want to have a good time will want to sing along with the lyrics and dance more than hear the big guitar solo.

.....or, if they absolutely needed a guitar for a song, the keyboard player could always do a bass line with the left hand OR they could add bass pedals.

Agree that this band doesn't need a guitar though. Sounds good!
 

squeally dan

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Thanks for feedback. Sometimes we miss the guitar but it can also be fun trying to figure out how to play some songs without guitar.
 

silentbob

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Can you get away without a guitar? Sure. Would one add to the sound? Absolutely. The question is this: Do you want the band to be as good as it could be, or do you want to get by with "good enough"?

While I agree with the comment about people not looking forward to a guitar solo, the lack of guitar does leave a hole in the sound. One that isn't being filled in the arrangement posted.
 






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