electric bass be used as a solo instrument or should
it be a strong foundation for other instruments?
Egnew, Los Angeles, USA ~ Solo Artist:
I think electric bass makes a fabulous lead instrument.
When I played with my band Pope Jane, which was a three
piece, bassist Holly Hoagland used her base to fill
in leads and I held the rhythm with the guitar while
drummer Kristen Coyner divided her kick line and snare
line between the bottom end and the vocal line. This
"lead bass" sound was one of the defining
properties of Pope Jane!
On my upcoming album “Red Lodge”, I wrote
a song whose accompanying instrumentation is 8 layered
bass lines, and only 8 bass lines, in various registers.
It’s a fascinating texture, and because the bass
has the ability to be so deep and rich as well as resonant
and high, I find the bass to be one of the most expressive
instruments not only in a band, but in recording, period.
One can even debate that the mere fact the bass is the
instrument whose sole function is to bridge the melody
and the rhythm to the audience, that this application
then defines the bass as a lead instrument by its mere
complexity of sonic function alone. Is a bass a lead