Locking in With Drummer II
I didn't want to highjack the other guy's thread.
Background: I played bass a lot when I was a kid, but set it down for ~20 years. Been back about 2 years. I've always thought, and been often told, then as now, that I have a great sense of timing, and can really hit the pocket. I joined a band early last fall (1st since I've been back) that was a guitar and drummer who have played together for ~20. It was going well at first, but the fact that I have a full time job, and they were both retired made it hard for me to learn the amount of material they wanted as fast as they would have liked. What I did learn, we played well, but...anyway, I had no problem hitting the pocket with that guy.
Fast forward to the new band I'm in. A lot less pressure, and we are much more evenly matched.
I keep getting the feeling that the drummer's not holding a solid beat. Especially going into or coming out of a fill. I think I'm steady, but I can't be 100% sure, as I know I'm missing some notes, but I don't think I'm missing any beats, knowhatimean?
(Yes, there is a question in your future, and here it is)
Should I "drive on" and force what I think is the steady beat, or "bend" to him?
At last night's practice, I bent to him during the steady bits, but forced the timing during his fills. We were able to keep together better, but it just didn't feel right.
I had thought of getting a metronome to practice with at home, and see if I'm slipping with it.
Or am I over thinking this?