Last Saturday, I noticed just how much I was playing upper register, melodic fills during service. I'm a big fan of players like Andrew Gouche or Anthony Jackson, but I have maybe 5% of their chops. I asked the drummer to be frank with me and tell how much I was locked in. He said I was alright, but my fills would be off sometimes. Last Sunday, I decided that I would seek to lock in totally, and resist the urge to play fills. Man, I sounded better!!! I still found myself throwing in a fill or two unconsciously, but the groove rocked, and the choir director kept telling the drums and bass to break down by ourselves with the choir singing. The congregation got into it, and the minister even mentioned how good we sounded. I hate to be vain, but I think me deciding not to noodle around so much was a classic case of addition by subtraction, and the band and choir was much better as a result.