Listening make great bands The single most important part of playing in the pocket, though, is that you must listen to the other musicians. Only when the drummer listens to the bass player — and the bass player listens to the drummer — can you groove together. The other musicians must listen to the bass and drums, and the bassist and drummer must listen to them. Why? Because as the musicians play together, each will make almost microscopic adjustments to their own parts so they’ll work better with the rest of the musicians. Only when that happens will a group of musicians truly be playing in the pocket.