Posted by Stinko Stanko on August 10, 2000 at 13:15:13:
In Reply to: Stojan posted by Dancing? Banging? Stepping? on August 09, 2000 at 14:41:40:
Yo, Sto... I had the same problem when I started out playing bass, but eventually I found out that it really isn't that hard to overcome. I just picked some simple bass lines and played in front of a mirror, until I thought I looked acceptable while playing. But you really don't have to dance and jump around the stage to took cool while playing music that you might think "requires" it. Simple things tapping the foot and nodding your head can be just enough. Start out with that, do it until you don't have to think about how you move, and eventually the rest will come naturally.
One thing that I think helped me a lot was when I played some heavy metal songs and did some furious headbanging. All that "violent" moval forced me to really start keeping control of the hands, because my arms at first wanted to go at different directions. Try it out if you think it can help you (but watch that neck!).
Personally, I think that when attending a concert, show is at least as important as the music. Maybe not a jazz concert, but dance events, heavy shows, high energy shows stuff like that calls for some action. I mean, take a look at Flea... IMHO, seeing a RHCP show wouldn't be the same without that furious show of him.
But most important, not depending on how much you move around the stage, just looking as if you enjoy the music is, that's the key... Also, make good contact with your bandmates during the show (but everybody's already written about that, so I leave it there...).
Ohm almost forget... Try smiling when you're playing, that does a lot :)
Remember, keep the beat
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