I have been blessed with the opportunity to play with 2 drummers simutaneously
. Tonight was our first rehearsal for an upcoming CD release show for one of these bands. We are actually 2 separate bands but we all play together in different configurations. We play blues, funk, rock and fusion covers/originals in both bands. Both drummers have wicked chops and communicate how they intend to combine/arrange percussion prior to the each tune. I had some real wakeup calls tonight, as I occasionally fell into some nice syncopation which drove into the "wrongish" part of the beat.
Between songs both drummers discussed how they could keep the Kicks syncronized properly while emulating different artists simultaneously during the same song. I will never forget this experience, wedged in the middle between both drum sets, as I played with the drum accents and solo elements happening on both sides of me
My questions are: How do I take advantage of this situation to become a better bass player? Would you suggest playing very busy, or very root? I tried both tonight and its hard to tell what served each song the best with all this percussion...