Re: what to do when accused of overplaying?

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Posted by Greg Jeanfreau on June 10, 2000 at 20:19:29:

In Reply to: Re: what to do when accused of overplaying? posted by phairis on June 02, 2000 at 20:16:07:

: : 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?

: I TOTALLY disagree with ed, here. I'd leave that band and find some people who'll let you play your ass off. What good are chops if you can't use 'em? Yes, rests are notes, but so are notes, and you said you have good note selection, and it osunds like you're just throwing in fills, not trying to solo over every bar or anything. Keep it up, and rock on!

Man ya know what. First of all, Quit the band because I know what your talking about and it will never work. Secondly, kick yourself in the butt for playing in a coverband in the first place. These are people who cant even come up with origional songs, so there is no way they will come up with origional sounds!!!!To each each is his own and you sound like my playing style and it can't work in a cover band.

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