Posted by Ollan Agtual on August 02, 2000 at 06:07:25:
In Reply to: soloing posted by Tim Brosnan on July 23, 2000 at 07:53:22:
: Hello there.....
: I have been playing bass now for 21 years.I dig all kinds of music,but lately my gigs have been with classic rock,and country bands.
: These bands are all basically dance bands(hey,thats what is bringing in the paycheck.)What I'm failing to understand is,people in the band always try to push me to take extended solos(on "Brown eye girl,for example.")
: I'am a groove player.I have nothing AGAINST solos,they're just not my thing.
: A solo written into a song is good,but i believe a good bass line that supports the song (and the band)is whats most important.
: Some people are into it,and thats fine.no objection here,i'm just not.Do you guys think i'm crazy?
: Your opinions are greatly appreciated.Thank you all very much!
Naw dude, your not crazy. If it's not your thing, nobody can force it on you. If holding down the groove is what makes you happy and you do it well, then people gotta respect that. If you want to solo and you can make it groove, that's cool too. I've been playing bass for 24 years now and I'm still not gonna solo on every song. I'll only solo if it's appropriate. It's a different story though, if you're hired as a soloist. Then, IT IS expected of you. But then, how often does that happen when you're playing covers? Peace.
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