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Our bass player has a horrible case of not knowing when to step aside - he seems to think that mirroring parts of my solo and singing along with our singer on almost every song is beneficial (it's not).
Never get a keyboard player, if they don't have a real part to play they will just bang out the chords with a Hammond Organ patch
I'm with lixarto, if given the time to then drink
I play in a band with a horn section and keys. The keys player actually doubles as our sax player which is quite interesting.
Being a guitarist I've developed a lot of my style from funk and reggae, lots of inversions on the top 4 strings.
This benefits as it keeps my playing out of the range of the keyboard (specially Rhodes, you'd be surprised how similar a clean guitar and Rhodes can sound as they take up a very similar space in the sonic frequency spectrum).
I'm pretty in tune with the keys player which is good as when one of us plays something intricate the other will hang back and just play chords, it's finding the happy medium. There's been times where I've neglected to play anything as I didn't think the song needed it but more often then not I can get my dub on with the delay and feed it back for a bit
Dropping the guitar out of the verse when it comes to three piece bands is a great trick. Very easy to get a good dynamic between the chorus. I always say, if in doubt of what to play, try not playing anything.
Knowing when not to play is a dark art in music, and the joke is that music is the space between the notes.
I think the biggest factor in whether or not a guitarist is shit is whether they know when to just stop playing. Skill can get you so far, but if you can't be intuitive about what the song needs, then you're fucked.
George Harrison is a great example of a guitarist who would play exactly what a song needs and no more. 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is a great example, his only appearance in that song is a sparkling, two-bar solo bit and then some palm muted chords as the song fades out. But it absolutely makes the song, and if he'd been playing the entirety of the rest of the song, that little two bars wouldn't mean fuck all in the grand scheme.
I'm back and better than ever.
Great topic, given me some food for thought...
There's a couple of songs in our set where there are parts on the original with no guitar - one example is the Olly Murs song we do, Dance With Me Tonight. The verses, I believe, have just bass and drums. Sounds nice...but can I resist throwing in some guitar chords?! Aaaargh.
I had the opposite issue when recording recently - suddenly having extra tracks to play on to thicken up the sound and not quite knowing what to play!