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Playing in a trio...

wild.joz

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Hi All,
My current band (2 guitars, vocals, bass, drums), is changing, as our singer/rythm guitarist is leaving.
We're going to try to keep going ahead as we have some gigs already programmed and signed for next spring/summer, but we'd like to keep it as a trio, with bass, drums, and me on the guit/vox.

First of all, i'm not a singer at heart, so I will have to work on that, but I'm willing to do so.

My question to you is:

What would be a nice setlist for a trio. Songs have to be in all styles of rock, from Blues-rock, Classic-Rock, Southern-Rock, to Heavy Rock. Think from SRV, ZZ Top, up to Pride & Glory (Zakk Wylde's first solo band).

The vocals should be not too high pitched as my voice is in a lower registry. i can go up a little, but not much. "Born to be Wild" is, for example, a song I can sing pretty easily. Led Zeppelin is unfortunately out of range...

Post any and all songs you think might fit :)

Thanks for the help,
WR.
 

Wilko

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personally, I play three piece as though nothing is so different.

Just play whatever songs you want. It may take a while to figure out how to arrange them, but it will go a long way toward teaching you what is important, musically speaking.
 

fakejake

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playing with less people is a great practice and is almost certainly going to make you a better player over time.
i play in a drumerless trio from time to time (bass, trumpet and me) and its a hell of a workout!
the nice thing at gigs is that the money gets better the less people there are!! :ganz
 

JohnH

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Things i sing and play with no other guitar needed at a pinch:

Rocking in the free world, My my hey hey, Cinnamon girl - Neil Young
Route 66, Jumping Jack Flash, Honky Tonk woman - R. Stones
Mary janes last dance - Tom Petty
Heard it through the grapevine
Cocaine, Crossroads- E Clapton
Hey Joe- J Hendrix
Blue hotel, wicked game,- Chris Isaak
Alright now-Free
Saw her standing there, ticket to ride, norwegian wood- Beatles

They are songs where the tune and vocals dont need you to split your head in two. Im a very basic player
 
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latestarter

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I'm in two 3 pieces and we tend to change keys to suit our voices. Don't be afraid to do that... unless a riff doesn't sound right.

Maybe tune down .5 note too?
 

mistersnappy

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Judicious use of effects can make something that seems hard to get across as a trio, easier. For instance, chorus has helped me "fill out" the sound on tunes where, if you did them real dry, would seem naked.
 

Hardrockmapletop

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I've fronted a few three pieces, and like yourself, have a competent voice for Blues/Rock, but I sure aint no Robert Plant!

A few tunes that work well live in a Blues/Rock vein that I can get away with include,

Chevrolet - Robben Ford version
Good Mornin' Little School Girl - we did Johnny Lang's version
Nasty Habits - Tommy Castro Band
You Upset Me Baby - BB or JB version
Outside Woman Blues - Cream or Back Door Slam version
Just Kissed My Baby - Chris Duarte, although I prefer the original Meters version these days! :)

There's just a few to check out!
All the best with the front man thing! :2zone
 

John Stax

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I'd look into some of the catalog of Rory Gallagher as well..

Secret Agent, Moonchild, Public Enemy #1 etc.
 

Lenny

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Hound Dog is quite easy and effective, I had the idea after seeing John Lennon live on YouTube. Playing it in E.
 
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