how do you move around onstage?

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  1. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    i have yet to play live, but whenever i play with anyone, or i’m alone on my deck throwing out low frequencies for my whole neighborhood to hear, i always have certain movements and ways i act. i move my bass neck vertically at an angle when i hit a “powerful note”, and i always stamp my foot which must be a time keeping measure from my years as a drummer. i sort of… bounce a lot. do any of you have any onstage behaviors or quirks? mine are pretty ordinary but we all know bass players are a bunch of weirdos :hyper::bassist:
     
  2. Most of the time I move like a constipated accountant.
     
  3. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I'm a strong believer in simply moving however you naturally move rather than trying to force anything I'm not a foot-tapper; I feel the groove in other parts of my body and move accordingly.

    BTW, I think "Constipated Accountant" would be a grea.... On second thought, no, that would be a terrible band name.
     
  4. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    I'm a cross between John Entwistle and Flea. Well. . . . I wish I was as animated as John Entwistle.
     
  5. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue

    Sep 29, 2018
    I don’t move. I stand like a stone and only move my neck every now and then to look at the drummer in disgust and judgement.
     
  6. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Imagine a hippopotamus trying to hula-hoop
     
  7. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    Croatia
    Funny, I played in band called The foot tappers. Of course, it was The shadows tribute band.

    Edit: on topic - sometimes I force myself to move on stage, and then I watch the video and I wish I just stood still
     
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  8. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    It really is a game of pinches.
     
  9. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    I have a move I patented, called 'The Sidecar'.

    The singer in one band invariably positions himself between the myself and the drummer. The silver lining is a good core stretch, throughout the gig.
     
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  10. WrapRough

    WrapRough

    Jan 26, 2021
    London
    What's a stage?
     
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  11. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead!

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Yeah anything forced is going to look REALLY forced...and honestly I wouldn't worry too much about it, people in the crowd usually like someone with natural groove or rhythm to their performance.

    I used to play with my mouth slightly open (think like a mildly surprised face), but forced myself to stop because I was self conscious about it. I also used to move about more until I got a gig playing for...a "religious institution" and that kind of movement was rather frowned-on for that particular job.

    It was funny because I didn't know any good warmup songs from their list of approved music...so Limelight by Rush, 46&2 by Tool, and Wrathchild by Iron Maiden MAY have been played at subdued volumes during rehearsal :bag:
     
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  12. Jefus

    Jefus

    Feb 23, 2008
    Houston?
    This dates back to my early- to mid-twenties. My guitar player and I realized we would be fine in practice, but at shows we would be exhausted after the first song or two. So we bought those little 9V powered amps and would go on jogs together. With our instruments. While rehearsing the set.

    It was quite the sight to any onlookers, but it paid dividends on stage.
     
  13. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    In fifth grade band the director taught us to tap our toes inside our shoes because we were all tapping our feet to different beats.
     
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  14. You know how Bill Wyman looked like a statue? That's not how I do things. I move, a lot, randomly, chaotically, sometimes in time, sometimes not. In one band I jumped in time with the song constantly back when I was young and dumb. Now, old and dumb, I'm just kinda random... I'm not a good boy sitting there looking professional, though.... I did that for years, and now I don't want to do that any more.

    Of course I no longer get paid to sit still and look pro anymore either, so... there's that.
     
  15. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    I inspired David Byrne's Once in a Lifetime video
     
  16. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive Suspended

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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  17. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015


    I just smoke a lot.

    Don't move much playing bass.

    Move more when I play guitar but don't smile as much.

    I like smiling more.
     
  18. Spectre Gunner

    Spectre Gunner Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Tampa, Florida
    This guy (Kevin Andrews) teaches in Nashvilles and seems like he knows what he's doing. I'd like to see more of his tutorials. Any of you Nashville musicians ever hear of him in your area?
     
  19. I am tethered by the cable and don't move around much. I'd like to go wireless but only if it is simple and convenient. I had a gig this last weekend and the band before us had a bassist using a bug type system called Xvive on his Rick and it seemed to work pretty well. But I am worried about things like latency, battery life, signal range, interference, etc.
     
  20. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    I used to move a lot more than I do now. Back in the 70's I moved and danced and did the Chuck Berry Duck Walk back and forth across the stage and managed to avoid getting tangled up in my instrument cord. Now, I mostly just bounce alnog with the song....unless I'm singing an AC/DC song. Then I get all kinds of crazy facial expressions and movements.... But I'm afraid most of the time I've turned into that old bass player who often looks somewhat somber a lot of the time. I like to think it's because I'm concentrating on playing the songs well, but I'll have to work on that.
     
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