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I can sing and play, but I can't dance and play

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by QORC, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    Elberon, New Jersey
    what's the secret? I can move my body a little, my legs a little, but I am very jealous of bassists who can literally dance in time and still play without screwing up. I can sing and play, no problem. but not dance and play. I tend to get stuck in one spot too much. I end up only kinda doing basic rock moves.

    I have lead legs it feels like. how can a bassist have so little natural rhythm? :)

    I need an instructional video :)

    not-really-a-rant-more-like-a-lament over
  2. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Can you sing and dance at the same time though? :laugh:
  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Can you dance when you aren't playing?
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  4. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    Elberon, New Jersey
    yes, I can dance pretty good for a guy my age, and yes, I can sing and dance at the same time. something about playing the bass (probably my concentration on what i'm doing) that tends to freeze me in one spot

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  5. When I dance, my left arm tends to extend outward and slightly upward. My right hand is down near my belt.

    Trying to figure out why....
  6. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    You can dance if you want to
    just get the right outfit

    lark_z, longfinger, BlueTalon and 9 others like this.
  7. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Reincarnated rodeo bronco buster?
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  8. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    Like everything else, it takes practice!
    OogieWaWa, lfmn16 and danielnorris like this.
  9. HA!!!
  10. jchrisk1

    jchrisk1 Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
  11. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Keep working on it, it's really cool.
    I saw Abe Laboriel dance to his solos once, he was
    OpposableThumbs and elgranluis like this.
  12. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Some of us are just doomed to be double threats.
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  13. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    Elberon, New Jersey
    Verdine White I am not in pretty much every way
  14. Basslice

    Basslice Supporting Member

    May 11, 2008
    Western Massachusetts
    Welcome to the Club. You are in good company.

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  15. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
  16. Beersurgeon


    Jul 16, 2010
    I can dance and play but have troubles with singing and playing. The brain is so fascinating!
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  17. I think a lot of people can dance but they don’t because they worried about what others will think they look like dancing, I call is self conscious paralysis. When I first started gigging I was a statue on stage. Now I find it difficult to stand still while playing. I think the biggest hurdle is just playing enough to be relaxed on stage enough to not care what people think
    JRA, Jhengsman, QORC and 2 others like this.
  18. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I have the other problem, even though I'm old and creaky, I can't stand still. Just wear an angry face, you'll be fine.........and your shoes will last longer too :)
    Rip Van Dan likes this.
  19. BassPilot

    BassPilot Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Q: Do you know why I’m a musician?
    A: So I don’t have to dance :D

    It’s never pretty when I dance...with or without a bass.
    It’s amazing that I have the sense of rhythm that I do in my hands and voice but my limbs just flail around like chickens with their heads cut off. I learned my lesson years ago. I love to play and sing but I’ll leave the dancing to others.
  20. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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