Re: Yeah; we've caught a good one!!

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Posted by Glen on July 12, 2000 at 07:43:17:

In Reply to: Re: Yeah; we've caught a good one!! posted by Frederick on July 12, 2000 at 01:17:09:

Listen to Diana Krall's band someday. For big gigs she sometimes uses a drummer, but most often it's just piano, guitar, & bass. A bass player should NOT need a drummer to swing a band.

I am a drummer first. It would drive me nuts when players were dependent on me for their time - there are parts of songs where there are NO drums, and after three or four measures they'd need to be corralled back in. You'd see the chaos on the dance floor....

I'm not fussy about perfect tuning, or perfect technique. I AM a stickler for time & feel. Get those right, and nobody will bemoan the simplicity of your playing, or notice an occasional bad note choice. As always, JMO.

: Playing with others is best, especially if you can find a decent drummer (good luck). As far as practicing by myself, I've found that what helps me most is to practice with a metronome set to click on TWO and FOUR. It helps me to remember the bass players spot: ONE and THREE. That's 4/4 time, for those less experienced on this board. Four beats to a measure, or bar, with the SNARE DRUM (in caps) beating like this: one/ TWO/three/FOUR. If I ever feel like my bass part is starting to sound listless or bored, I remember to start accenting the "ONE" again.

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