Posted by Kenny on August 09, 2000 at 20:29:02:
In Reply to: Stojan 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…
Certainly do not worry about this one. But, the advice someone gave about learning to play without looking at the neck so much would really help your problem alot. I found that paying some attention to my bandmates and letting them inpsire me a little helps alot as well. Now....Now...I'm not saying we should go leaning on the guitar players back(like so many 80's "bass" players did), but rather enjoy the show a little, almost like ya were actually in the audience. But don't forget to pay attention to the song..lol good luck .....peace
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