what to do when accused of overplaying?

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Posted by g on June 02, 2000 at 08:04:18:

The heading says it all. I have a strong jazz/folk/improv background and tend to
take a more melodic approach (not overly aggresive though, just slight
here and there and the occasional run to resolve a phrase an octave higher).
The problem is the band i am currently playing in (classic rock covers) are
pretty much used to just playing with bass players who hang onto one note
per change (AAAA->EEEE->AAAA etc...), and when i try to do something more
interesting i get accused of overplaying, even when i am playing the tune
the way it was originally played by the group
(i,e, live version of styx come sail
away, Queen 'tie your mother down'.....i just get told to stay on one note....
whats a guy to do? my timing and note choices are dead on, so that is not
the problem, should i just play it out the way they want me to so they
can see just how lame and boring sounding that style of playing is? these guys
dont seem to get how by the bass doing these things properly, it builds tension
and excitement in a tune...anyone have a similar problem?

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