Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by kicklock, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. kicklock


    Jan 22, 2009
    Hello, All !

    To me, it seems as though the bass player & drummer must ALWAYS be the, "adults in the room", meaning that their combination must ALWAYS be solid, and accurate for the band or song to sound proper. Meanwhile, other musicians, notably singers, and guitarists can get away with off-keyed, and even outright sloppy performances ( which they sometimes call their, "style" o_O ). Any thoughts or observations on this ? :)
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2017
  2. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    The very foundation of music. They carry the rhythm and heart. A poor of either one is less than desirable. :thumbsup:
  3. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    Nope. If you are providing the solid foundation for a singer, guitarist, keys, mandolin or whatever that cannot cut it, you might be a good rhythm section, but the band as a whole = Not Good!
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  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Non musicians care more about vocals and stage presence than anything else
  5. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    My observation is, in a dance band setting at least, that you can get away with almost anything if your rhythm is tight. That goes for horns, singers, guitars too. When wrong, play strong, but never miss a beat. Trumpet botched their solo? I bet no one will care too much if the rest of the band got it right.

    That's not a universal truth however, and may change drastically depending on your genre and style.

    If you've got a run of the mill cover band, the singer's performance will matter a lot. Though I've seen enough examples to the contrary to easily believe otherwise.
  6. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
  7. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    Vocals and stage presence don't get butts off seats. The rhythm section provides a foundation and if it kicks butt, the melodic instruments have a lot more free range to work with. But let's not get carried away. Nobody wants to hear out of tune instruments or out of tune vocals. They may not understand why they don't like the sound, they may still tap their feet if the rhythm section is solid, but they're not going to walk away from that thinking they just heard the best band ever or even a band they ever want to hear again.
  8. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    At one time i was half of a rhythm section that was the basis for four bands. One country, one guitar driven rock, and two blues bands.

    We also worked with a BL who would book jobs and put a band together for them.

    Before that we spent over a year jamming just the two of us and hitting any open jam that would have us.

    It was really fun then my drummer buddy moved to Atlanta for work and his kids got older, but it was a straight up hoot while it lasted.