Re: what to do when accused of overplaying?

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Posted by Rob Perl on June 06, 2000 at 10:13:45:

In Reply to: what to do when accused of overplaying? 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
: embellishments
: 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?

One question - Is this a paying gig? If it is, I'd do what they want, and try and hang in. If it's not a paying gig, I'd be out of there PDQ. In this business, you rub elbows with all kinds of jerks!
I've lost gigs for playing too loud, too soft, too busy, not aggressive enough, playing too fast, too slow, etc, not playing the wrong changes, etc. If the pay's decent, I'll generally grit my teeth and play it whatever way they want; if not, it's not woth the aggravation!

Good Luck,


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