Posted by Glen on June 06, 2000 at 08:21:03:
In Reply to: Re: what to do when accused of overplaying? posted by Ed on June 05, 2000 at 13:43:52:
There are orchestras full of cellists, oboists, percussionists, etc. who spend much of each concert just sitting silently, listening & watching as the music takes form. And these people have chops, READING chops, way beyond what most of us will ever achieve. Yet they may sit silently through most of a ten-minute concerto, adding the three little quarter-notes at the right time to make the concerto sparkle.... They serve the music.
It's a blast to stretch out when jamming, or to play gigs for an appreciative audience. Of course, we know most audiences want to drink, dance, and party - which generally calls for holding a groove. If you can't do that, your chops are meaningless. JMO
: And I know from bitter personal experience that tendency for almost all of us is to try to "do more to amke stuff happen" rather than "do less to let things happen". Somebody trying to play like Elvin with the Cranberries ain't gonna work. But if Elvin WAS playing with the Cranberries, he would be drawing on a vast array of technique and knowledge to play exactly what was necessary to keep the situation musical.
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