|twigglepop09 ||09-09-2013 09:21 AM |
Putting drive into my Bass playing
I play in a church praise band and my director tells me I should learn to play my songs with more "DRIVE." Can someone tell me what this actually means and how I can achieve this in my playing ?
Thank You in Advance
|Fergie Fulton ||09-09-2013 09:40 AM |
Usually in that context it is songs with the bass on top of the beat, or just ahead of it. Sometimes called "bass and drums up front" the sound and movement comes from the bass and drums.
You will find great examples though out the Motown Catalogue, and in some of the big hits of the 60s produced by Phil Spector for example.
I could name you songs, but if you 'search' even on the few ideas i have suggested it will become apparent what 'drive' in songs is actually being asked for....Part of the fun is searching out these things. :)
|poit57 ||09-09-2013 09:46 AM |
Without the proper context of how he was using the term or knowing whether he was referring to specific songs, I'm not really sure how he meant it. When I think of "driving" bass, I tend to think of a steady rhythm of quarter or eighth note on up-tempo songs.
|Wolffgang ||09-09-2013 09:52 AM |
I find few things more annoying than non-specific criticism, especially if it's supposed to be actioned. If you pressed the guy, and he wasn't able to be more specific, you're shooting in the dark. If you didn't ask for more information and just came here, you/we need more information.
Depending on how well your director understands what he wants and how to ask for it, you might need to be louder, compressed, re-eq'd, change your technique, change your timing and dumb your playing down; take your pick. I've come up against this problem before without resolution (well, we fired the drummer, good enough :D)
|marc40a ||09-09-2013 09:55 AM |
It's likely a feel he's talking about. It's one that comes from the confidence of knowing your part. Essentially, he wants you be the one leading rythm section as opposed to following the drummer if that makes sense.
|smeet ||09-09-2013 09:57 AM |
I don't know if this is what he's referring to, but he may want you to play each note like you really mean it, with confidence (don't follow the drummer, follow your internal clock and lock in with the drummer). The bass should a strong, emphatic statement, not tentative or a question, if that makes sense.
|mambo4 ||09-11-2013 09:33 AM |
"drive" is a nonspecific term , and might mean anything to yr director. When in doubt ask for examples to listen to.
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