Posted by El Pájaro on August 10, 2000 at 06:47:43:
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…
Well this is certainly a strange question, but I'll try my $.02 anyway...
What you describe seems to be a combination of stage fright and (you're not gonna like this) perhaps not knowing your songs too well.
Hell, it happened to me every show I did with a new band: I was too nervous to fuck up from forgetting my parts to enjoy being on the stage! However, once I was confident enough with my parts, I was able to dance, walk, jump around the stage, even play standing on a bar's table and have loads o'fun telling jokes to the audience.
Mind you, there's nothing wrong with just staying standing there playing your parts, but I think "stiffness" comes mainly from what I described above.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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