Light touch when playing energetic live

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by belzebass, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. belzebass


    Feb 21, 2012

    This wednesday I palyed my first live show, and I was really digging (way too much) into the strings with my fingers. My timing suffered, had hard time using dynamics, and got eyed by the sound guy for not playing like during soundcheck :)

    I also felt I didn't have enough of me in the monitorq (acoustic kit, no amps, shared monitors for everyone)

    How do you keep the light touch while keeping energy on scene (it's a hard rock group, so...). Any tips (physical or mental) for being in the hi-octane zone without going full throttle on ze figerz?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. IncX


    Jul 23, 2007
    i deal with the same problems ... you just have to get used to it; make it look like you are playing hard but always be in control.

    its your first time, so there's always that adrenaline surge
  3. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    I've got the same problem. But that was first time playing live in 15 years. Might have gone a little overboard, but the sound guy was all over it (in a good way). I think it also has to do with the strings. It's my only bass with tape wounds. They were clicking WAY to much. I'm going to go back to my usual flats before next time might help the issue.
  4. Yep the sound guy will save you, that is why he is there.

    Just be aware and less is usually more.
  5. Edgar664


    Mar 12, 2009
    You'll get used to it. After many years of playing I still play the first song of every gig very hard an then I calm down for the second song ;)

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