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Posted by Dancing? Banging? Stepping? on August 09, 2000 at 14:41:40:

Hey, guys… Hope you haven't grown mad at my questions, but here's another one...

I have been playing bass for about two years now, and have become quite good at what i do. I've been playing in various bands, and the one I'm playing in has a repertoire of funky tunes, much acid jazz, diverse stuff, like RedHotChiliPeppers, Incognito, Maceo Perker, you name it, we play stuff that grooves. A while ago, We had the opportunity to watch a videotape of ourselves playing a set on a bar. Mood was high and public's dancing. But looking at myself was really annoying. There I stood, playing bass, just right up and down, but with no movement except for my hands, only looking down at the neck of the bass. I mean, I have never seen a more stiff person, it was really embarassing, actually.

So, I went home practising some moves (don't laugh!), like, dancing and headbanging and just trying to move with what I was playing, but it seems almost impossible. I just screw up all the time, it seems in my case like I must concentrate on moving, and that distracts me from the playing.

Well, that's my biggest problem right now… Please help me, I refuse standing visible on a stage before I've quit looking like a politician behind a bass. Give me some good advice, maybe even some cool moves? Peace…

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