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  • Who here plays bass AND sings lead vocals?

    I'm practicing but it is hard.
    He ate all of the crackers, and then he ate all of the cheese.

  • #2
    I do it sometimes. The bass line gets a lot sparser when I'm singing.

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    • #3
      Did you mean full time lead or some lead? I'm in the second category.

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      • #4
        I do, sometimes. My band, we all share vocals. I have the Rob Halford to David Lee Roth vibe. One guitarist has a really high pitched thing goin on. One guitarist is kinda in the middle, and the drummer does the doorsish, lower pitched stuff. Makes the cover band more versatile
        Perry
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        • #5
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          • #6
            I'm practicing but it is hard.


            Yup. The bass line and the vocals can be doing different things and keeping them straight is a challenge.
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            • #7
              I came to it from the other direction. I started out as a lead singer. I also played a little guitar, but not in the band. We couldn't find a bass player, so I was pressed into service. As Jerry_L said, the bass lines were very simple while I was singing. With time, I got better. Now, some forty years later, I do pretty well.

              So, how do you learn to sing and play bass at the same time? Practice. A lot. Take your time. Simplify when necessary; you can unsimplify things later on. Practice some more. Learn the bass line so well that you can play it without thinking. Do the same with the vocal line. Then combine them again. Practice some more. One specific thing I do that sometimes helps: look for a note in the bass line that coincides with the vocal line. This will help link them together. Such notes are often not the obvious ones. Practice some more.
              "The Web puts all of the world's knowledge at our fingertips; unfortunately it's mixed with all of the world's bull****************."
              -- Bob Parks

              "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."
              -- Oscar Wilde

              "No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true."
              -- Oscar Wilde

              "It is a trap of history to believe that eyewitnesses remember accurately what they have lived through."
              -- Theodore White

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              • #8
                I do it sometimes. The bass line gets a lot sparser when I'm singing.


                Yea. I can only sing lead and play very simple stuff, where I can just put the bass on autopilot.

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                • #9
                  I came to it from the other direction. I started out as a lead singer. I also played a little guitar, but not in the band. We couldn't find a bass player, so I was pressed into service. As Jerry_L said, the bass lines were very simple while I was singing. With time, I got better. Now, some forty years later, I do pretty well.

                  So, how do you learn to sing and play bass at the same time? Practice. A lot. Take your time. Simplify when necessary; you can unsimplify things later on. Practice some more. Learn the bass line so well that you can play it without thinking. Do the same with the vocal line. Then combine them again. Practice some more. One specific thing I do that sometimes helps: look for a note in the bass line that coincides with the vocal line. This will help link them together. Such notes are often not the obvious ones. Practice some more.


                  Good advice, Isaac. That's the only way to do it.

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                  • #10
                    I saw an interview with Geddy one time and the question came up. He said that he learns the bass part first to the point to where he doesn't have to think to play it, and then works in the vocals afterward. It is a good approach. I use it when I have to learn new stuff.
                    Perry
                    www.myspace.com/badhabit00

                    Basses -
                    MTD KZ-5
                    MTD Artist 5
                    Ibanez SRT-800DX
                    Spector NS-2 (korean)
                    Peavey G bass

                    Rig -
                    Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 atop two Phil Jones Bass 4b 4X5 cabs

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                    • #11
                      I do - mean, I did in my last band.. doing guitar an backups now..

                      I did like Geddy did. Learn to play the part so that it becomes a part of you, then just sing over it. Its hard at first, but once you really get the hang of it, its a blast!

                      You might not get a lot of the bass from this recording, but here's an old original tune with a pretty fun bassline
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                      • #12
                        Sorry for the drive by posting and all (I haven't been here in years, I think )...

                        Anyhow, I play upright bass in a string band and an acoustic duo, and I sing both harmonies and lead parts.

                        Issac is spot on.

                        It is a time and facility issue. It took a long time to get to where I could sing and play bass (even when I could sing and play guitar or piano, or play guitar while kicking simple bass pedals and playing harmonica ). It is just a hard thing that takes a long time and a lot facility on the instrument to do at all (never mind well).

                        But it is do-able. People do it. You can do it. If you keep trying.

                        That is all. Carry on.
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                        • #13
                          I do. I'm great at either, especially at the same time, but I do my best. It has gotten a lot better with practice. I will third what Geddy said.

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                          • #14
                            I think this little red head sings and plays bass at the same time...

                            The Smarm has left the building...

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                            • #15


                              ...and she is a bad ass!!!
                              Perry
                              www.myspace.com/badhabit00

                              Basses -
                              MTD KZ-5
                              MTD Artist 5
                              Ibanez SRT-800DX
                              Spector NS-2 (korean)
                              Peavey G bass

                              Rig -
                              Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 atop two Phil Jones Bass 4b 4X5 cabs

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