So I pitch in on my church’s worship team from time to time and play those cheesy, I/V/vi/IV (and all variations there of), power ballads about God and just how swell we all think He is. I consider it an “opportunity” to test my mental fortitude and give the other bass player a well-deserved week off. I get to rehearsal tonight for Sunday, and we’re unexpectedly down a drummer and acoustic guitar player. I’m left with 2 singers and a pianist who objectively don’t have good steady beat. I felt helpless trying to keep one myself- the bass isn’t present enough (or no one listens) for them to lock in on it. The sad reality is that the people who play there are completely reliant on some kind of percussion… and that’s a little embarrassing. On my way home I start thinking about Larry Graham and how he used slap to help fill a hole left by drums. I’m not sure what I can come up with by Sunday, or even if it’s a good idea, but I figured I’d ask you guys what you thought. what do you think- can it be done without sounding like I’m over playing? I was testing some ideas out when I got home and nothing is jiving.