Am I over-thinking it?
I am in a skilled funk band. "Skilled" meaning that the players are all serious, we practice (band or self-study) often, and gig in multiple projects. We play prog. funk, have been together for a year, and are becoming well-received. (Think Lettuce meets Yes meets RHCP)
The guitat player is the arrangement guru. He was raised on metal and then "discovered" all types of music. He is unique and very good, chops wise
Well, we do pretty well, and it is pretty easy to play bass for him because he has great feel and plays many notes (so I don't have to). However, every so often, he will create an idea and will write the bassline. He has never played a bass, so he writes these busy riffs and wants a lot of lockstep guitar/ bass lines. I like counter melody on the bass, but I am always open. Moreover, I accept the challenge(s) and it helps me think in a different way. However, I sometimes think that his basslines are a little show-offish. They have little to do with "bass playing", and too much doubling, to me, can be amatuerish.
Do I put my foot down and continue with the "bass according to me" approach? Or, do I keep trying his ideas and shut up. He loves my playing and I love his, but sometimes, admittedly, my ego gets in the way. Also, he has this "If it aint really hard and complex" approach, it ain't worthy. But, I sometimes feel that it is a little insecurity on his part. (and too much Mastadon)
Anyone been there?