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Posted by phairis on June 07, 2000 at 15:28:11:

In Reply to: Musicality - was Re: accused of overplaying? posted by Glen on June 06, 2000 at 08:21:03:

: Ahhh, musicality.

: 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

Yes, there are orchestras with such people (and please don't assume that they can read "way beyond" what I can, you have no clue as to my music background). I myself am such a person in orchestras/jazz bands/marching bands, etc. When one is part of such a large entity, a small piece of the big machine, you don't have to do so much to serve the music. But in a small rock band, you can rock out, play your ass off, and still serve the music; still establish the groove. The best bass player I know is probably not the fastest, best soloist, but he does play busy, and he maintains one of the best grooves I've ever heard. You've never heard of him, but there's someone else who does the same thing: his name is Geddy Lee. Also, John Entwhistle, John Paul Jones, etc, etc. When I originally wrote my response to the guy's question, I was not maintaining that he should just solo, do whatever he wants and the hell with the rest of the band. I was saying that if a band didn't want to let him try to add a little colour and excitement to the music, then it wasn't really worth it to stay.

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