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So you're a 3 piece band.....

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by ebb soul, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    you have the opportunity to expand.
    You get to choose
    1- a fiddle player
    2-a horn player
    3-keyboardist/ synth/ organ
    4-other
    And why.
    I generally 'get what's available'
    But if I had the option, I'm actually not shure what would best fill in the mix.
    Ask me 12 yrs ago, I'd say horn, 'cos th music I grew up with featured allot a horn.
    Fiddle is always an absolute kick.
    Shoulda learned it myself.
    But for versatility sake, I think I'd lean keys.
    I've mimicked a lotta other instruments on synth.
    You can't fake a horn, thou...timbre is just not there..
     
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    without knowing what kind of music you play, i'm going to say keyboards as you can cover more stylistic ground. but if I was to go learn another instrument it would be sax.
     
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    Pedal Steel
     
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    Someone that can play keyboards and second guitar as well as supply B/vocs, the the range of what you play is significantly widened.
     
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    SolidSteak Friend of Leo's

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    Second guitarist?

    IDK what type of music... for pop music synths maybe, for rock second guitarist. Country music maybe fiddle. Funk horns definitely, but IMO better have at least 2 horns or none at all for funk.
     
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    Well, if yer music spans the gamut from Steve Earle to Brian Eno...
     
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    ....but I don't think anything trumps fiddle for fun factor. It's an automatic grin.
     
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    I agree.
     
  9. heltershelton

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    i think i would go with a good keyboard player. although i do like the sax player who is in my current band.
     
  10. Paul in Colorado

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    We were a three piece and had a great fiddle player for a while until she and her husband moved back to Arizona. Now we have a pedal steel player. That adds a lot to the mix. I would still like to find a good keyboard player.
     
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    When I expanded my trio to four, I added a second guitar. Ideally I'd like a fifth member who can cover percussion (e.g. congas would go great with a lot of our tunes) and something like woodwinds for the occasional flute or sax. (The other members are against it, five members making things 'too complicated' and also cutting into gig pay when a venue pays 'X' whether it's a three piece of six-piece... they'll agree to "maybe later.")
     
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    Any chordal instrument for the versatility, IE- piano/keys/guitar/pedal steel...
     
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    I've worked probably thousands of 3 piece gigs when I was doing music full time in SoCal in the 60s, 70s & 80s but I play both lead guitar and pedal steel so a lot of times I'd play steel with the guitar still strapped on and developed the "skill?" of being able to take rides on both instruments in the same song, it's not hard to do that with a single neck steel such as I use.... If I hired another piece I'd like a fiddle player who doubled on another instrument as a fiddle isn't compatible with all types of music. I'd never hire a harmonica player as they all seem to want to play all the way through a song with no let up... I've worked with fiddlers and sax players who did the same thing, just play your parts and shut the hell up...... A keyboard player would be nice, maybe, but if left to my "druthers" I think I'd like a good solid rhythm guitarist who could play "closed" chords or bluegrass style open chords with a capo when needed...JH in Va.
     
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    I think you're right with keys being the most versatile.
     
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    I would enjoy playing with a horn player -- to be able to cover some of those great ska tunes would be a blast!
     
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    Depends on the focus of the band as far as genre goes.

    If it's my typical R&B, Memphis/Southern Soul leaning kinda thing then it has to be keys first sax second. Can't do that without a Hammond organ thing going on.

    For a Straight Blues/R&B mix I add a really good harp player and think I was twice blessed if he doubled on sax as well. Harp is to blues what steel or fiddle is to country.

    If it's Roots Rock the door is open pretty wide and anything from a second guitar or steel to keys or even a fiddle player could work depending on the material covered.


    But essentially if I'm building a band the three core components would typically be guitar, bass, keys, and then percussion if I can get the right people. A second guitar, horn, harp or other would come after that core was built.
     
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    I would have to go with option 4.

    I would get a good singer to hold down
    the top melody lines and be the representative
    of the group on stage.

    Then, the rest of us can do background vocals
    and we'd sound soooooo killer doing that, we'll
    get booked all the cool gigs and make tons
    of money from the tip jar.
     
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    Choose the person you most enjoy being around, instrument be damned. You're going to sound best if you're happy and having fun.
     
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    Keys without a doubt. Imagine The Dixie Dregs without them...
     
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    What do you play? A fiddle would sound a bit our of place in a 60s blues rock band, but bang on perfect in a 80s-90's country rock baND.
     
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