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Posted by Peter Schmidt on July 18, 2000 at 20:46:30:
In Reply to: Re: rock basslines posted by Glen on July 13, 2000 at 12:29:43:
: Unfortunatley Greg, Glen must be a guitar player to give this kind of crappy
advice. First, as the bass player you are the root of the band. You outline the
chord changes, and the tempo. Obviously when something in either of those areas
is not up to the leaders expectations, the fingers are pointed at you first. My
advice to you would try to be flexible. If the leader wants you to give time
with no melodic lines, do it for a couple of songs then sneak in a line or two.
Also, comments like the one you mentioned from your bandleader are not uncommon. Somtimes it stems from an ego, they do not want you to upstage them,
and othertimes it comes from not locking up when you do your melodic bits. If
you think it is ego, I hope you are getting paid for playing for this group.
If it happens to be a time problem, work with your drummer and lock up the time. Maybe you are not " in the pocket" when you play these lines. Also keep
the bass line simple. As for players to listen to, I am really "Old School"
when it comes to rock and metal. I listened to Steve Harris from Iron Maiden,
he puts out some great bass lines( Check out the old stuff ). The old ozzy stuff is pretty cool to. Good luck, Peter
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