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My favourite bands to play in have been instrumental 3-pieces because it can really allow you to have all kinds of fun on the bass. You can get away with a really ballsy, prominent bass tone if that's your cup of tea. My pals Vasquez are a good example of this, with the bass right in your face and often providing most of the actual riffs [url="http://vasquez.bandcamp.com/album/ep2"]http://vasquez.bandcamp.com/album/ep2[/url]

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Enjoy the space in the music , hopefully the remaining guitarist is a strong rhythm guitarist rather than a widdly twiddly lead guitarist , this will fill out the songs , but will allow all the instruments to be heard .
Guitar solo's can always be dropped , the audience are more interested in the singing along with the band , rather than analysing the solo during the lead break .

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[i]We found that during the guitar solos the sound dropped, so i got a Akai Unibass,[/i]
[i]which fills out the solos nicely if you keep it nice and simple.[/i]

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I find that studying other three pieces and seeing how they do it definitely helps. Surely EQ, tone and effects can help, but I find the main ingredient being arrangement (been in a 4 piece band for two years).

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My band keep taking about getting 2nd guitarist. It always was a 5 piece until I joined (the other guitarist left just before I joined). I prefer 4 piece, but I'll give it a go with another one. If I don't enjoy it I'll leave the band.

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I'd agree with the comments about arrangements. I play in three piece and love it, when choosing songs that have keys parts or second guitar parts I look to YouTube for solo acoustic Guitar performances for inspiration for arrangements. We did Drops of Jupiter by Train so to start I found an acoustic guitar arrangement and composed a bass line of my own for it, the guitarist adapted the acoustic guitar part for electric and it sounded great.

Our next challenge is to do ELO's Mr Blue Sky.

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You really need a 12 string :lol: Just look at Cheap Trick - 12 string bass, 12 string rhythm guitar a lot of the time and a lead guitarist with a guitar with 5 necks.

I've played in 4 piece bands since I was 18 but my main bands have always had keys as well. I'm quite a widdly player but you just can't do that during a solo or it just sounds too empty.

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