Posted by Dave Rawlings on July 02, 2001 at 09:04:56:
In Reply to: and I'm stuck posted by Dave Wood on July 02, 2001 at 05:52:10:
Why would you want to keep up with the guitar player? In my opinion, if you want to keep up with a guitar player (speed-wise), just play guitar! As bass players, it's our job to hold down the bottom with a mixture of harmony and rhythm. sure, it sounds good once in a while to pull off a Jaco-esque solo but even tht gets old quick. I'm not a soloinst nor do I plan in it. Some of the best players I've ever heard are the one who lay down the groove so solid it would survive through an earthquake and you'd still know where "1" is. Remember, this is just an opinion from one player to another. Your (meaning 'mine') jazz technique doesn't lie in fast passages, but being able to make the changes as tasty as you can. you'd be surprised how many ears in both the bands I've played with and the audience, pick up with a nice and tasty chord change they didn't expect but fit in so well they wondered why it was never used before. There lies your talent dude. Go for it and never look back!
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