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Postby oleman » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:52 am

Tell me if you think this is corny. The singer/guitarist I back up on doghouse has decided he wants me to play lead guitar but get an octave pedal and play bass lines when I'm not soloing. I've seen this done once before but I thought it was kind of cheesy.

With spring and summer approaching we are beginning to play a lot of patio/bar gigs and the patrons don't even seem to notice that I'm kicking in the bass with a pedal. It sure is a lot easier traveling with just a guitar but it's taken me over a year to get used to the upright and I hate to set it aside.
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Postby bigdaddy » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:58 pm

An upright in a blues band is cool. An electric bass guitar in a blues band is cool but a guitar playing bass lines, I don't know. I like Hounddog Taylor but there is the absence of a bass guitar the I can notice and I can't listen to him for long. If you thought it was cheesy when you saw it why would it be different with you doing it? An upright has to be a bear to lug around but it is cool and rare. I'd stay with a bass of some sorts.
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Postby oleman » Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:31 pm

Thanks bigdaddy, I talked it over with the "catfish" and we decided to split up my duties to include lead and bass fiddle. Some songs, lead and others bass. The "catfish" is really into appearances and the upright does add a very cool vibe so he suggested that I sling my hollow body across my back when I'm playin bass and even set the bass aside and play lead during some songs. A little showboat but what the hell, maybe this added stuff can get us out of the beerjoints and into the casinos where the real money is.

We're gonna try out this new arrangement tomorrow at a local bistro. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Postby oleman » Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:07 am

I tried the method of playin guitar and bass fiddle alternately during the same song and at first it was very clumsy. But when I figured out how to keep the guitar from bumping into things when it was slung across my back, it worked out pretty good.

It was a bit tireing so on the third set, I just played lead and harp.

This was the first time at this particular beerjoint, or as they prefer to be known as; brew pub. We got asked to be the Tuesday nite regulars so I guess this is OK.
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Postby fat paul » Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:27 am

Oleman, That sounds like a lot of work. It can be fun to play guitar but for me it is always more comfortable on bass.
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Postby oleman » Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:37 pm

Where you been Jeff? I keep looking in the Alibi to see where the Blue Rhythm Kings are playing.
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Postby fat paul » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:08 am

Oleman, we have been down at the Elrey with Cadilac Bob and the Abq blues conection, at the Hilton on Menaul with Hillary Smith for the Red wine and blues festaval. We will be up in Angel Fire the end of may for the big biker rally. And guess who is opening for Canned Heat at the Elrey in early June.......Yup we got that gig. Hope to see you soon
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