Posted by Lars on August 09, 2000 at 18:14:11:
In Reply to: Stojan posted by Dancing? Banging? Stepping? on August 09, 2000 at 14:41:40:
I have the same "problem" as you. I doo tap my foot to the beat though! (hehe)
Some things that might help is first try not to look at the neck while playing.
I started doing that becous I wanted to move over to a fretless bass and on those you sort of "feel" where you should put your fingers, and there's nothing to look at....if you know what I mean.
In my case, I don't really care how I look on stage anyway so I can't help you with any cool moves. Maybe you don't need to do something advanced... just taking a few steps around the stage do just fine. Walk around when you reherse.
If you reherse in your livingroom (like me) you could walk around, watching TV and play at the same time (the TV is to keep you from looking at the neck) Then, when you play on stage, you can look at the crowd.
I don't think anyone in the audience expect you to go wild on stage anyway.
I don't have any sage advice, but I hope this helps.
: 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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