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What do YOU do when playing?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by kowski, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. kowski


    Jul 12, 2005
    Salt Lake City
    Here's my three-step 'riffless' program and would love to hear from y'all and steal good ideas, ending up with a four or five step program:

    1.) Beat one, usually hit the root of the chord;

    2.) After that, fill in with something melodious, or rhythmically intresting, or choral arpeggio -- something that helps the song and has some intracacies, but without intruding on the song;

    3.) Toward the end of the measure or chord, start leading toward the next chord in order to end up nicely on the root, beat 1, #1 above.

    And on and on.

    What do You do?

    Cheers, Michael
  2. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    Huh? Not all music follows this cookie-cutter approach.

    Might I even be bold enough to suggest that MOST music does not.
  3. I divided my practice time into 3 things :

    1. Finger picking : I'll do anything that relating to finger picking, such as fingering, playing chord, creating melodies and even shredding, improvise with a song, creating song, arpeggios, practicing scale and many more! :cool:

    2. Slapping : Anything related to it, Double thumping, creating grooves, Practicing speed, and etc. ( Right now i am in a mood for slapping so i spend most of my practice time with slap and pop :smug: )

    3. Tapping : Practicing Two handed tapping, arranging some songs, creating melodies, playing some speedy tapping, etc! ( I am a big fan of tapping :D )

    I do these kind of training every day, and if i am too lazy to do one part of it, i.e. Slapping, i'll just do it for 15 minutes and do something else :D
  4. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Although that "multi-step" procedure might work for some music, it won't cut it for all styles. I would also suggest that you avoid starting on the root of every measure. Doing so can make music boring and one dimensional. As for niffty little fills or arpegios, I would avoid doing that all the time too. Even if it doesn't intrude on the other instruments or vocals, that method can prevent the bass from laying down a really solid groove. Sometimes less is more. Then again, this are just my opnions and every player approaches things differently. Hope that helps!
  5. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    And you are an idiot, if you don't.

    Edit: I don't mean "you are" an idoit. I was just talking in the third person, like "you are" as in "I".

    So just to clarify: And I am an idiot, if I don't.

  6. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    One thing I DON'T do is watch the audience!
  7. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    I don't eat while playing.
  8. Ozzyman


    Jul 21, 2004
    Especially don't have hard candies in your mouth when jumping on stage.
    Oh, and always obey the guitarist... he knows best because he has a higher voiced instrument and more strings :)
    If you're out of time, always blame the drummer. I mean of all people in the band the drummer always has the worst rhythm/time.
    Oh, and make sure your bass tone is of the "duggidy-dugutta" and "thumpity-thumpity" kind.
    Good Luck making cookie-cutter (errr... i mean original) rock music
  9. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    which is why we need 6+ stringers; then we have the BIGGER g***** as well as more strings :)

    Also, i wouldn't recommend taking a shower onstage while you perform... the electricity isn't very freindly with the water :ninja:
  10. 1. watch the drummer and guitarists
    2. dance
    3. groove my ass off
    4. improvise whenever and however possible
    5. stare at boobs
    6. think of boobs (funny story, at one of me jazz gigs my drummer quinny said to me "just think of boobs heathy, just think of boobs" mid song)
    7. play stuff on my guitarists fretboard, ala steve vai/billy sheehan
    8. play behind my back
    9. repeat steps 5 and 6
    10. get off stage and dance with chicks while still playing
    11. drink lots of water
    12. dont touch drugs
    13. be a smart ass and imitate the guitar solos or vocal lines in parts
    14. steps 5 and 6
    15. have fun
    16. steps 5 and 6
  11. Starbucker

    Starbucker Guest

    Jun 29, 2005
    Billings, MT
    I try my best to have fun, look like I'm having fun, and rock my ass off.

    Seriously, what else can you do?
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    1. Swing.
    2. Groove.
    3. Have fun while doing both :).
  13. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I play. It's all about theory, theory, theory, practice, practice, practice, and feel, feel, feel. Hardly any music will follow any kind of routine that you can just lay down. There's about a million different things you can do at any one time; it's choosing and executing the RIGHT thing that makes good music good. Sometimes you just want to lay back and support with root, sometimes you want to open up and lead around, other times you just wanna walk around. You can't really say do this this and this.

  14. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Best post in this thread.

  15. DannyB


    Aug 17, 2004
    Making sure to hit the root somewhere.. some other notes in the scale.. hit a leading note.. that's always good for me.
    Sometimes just the root. Less CAN be more (but not always).
    Also.. I always make sure to tune out the guitarist and concentrate on the drummer (faith is a virtue at times, at others it is a stretch..) and the vocalist. If I am bridging the two, the guitarist can wank whatever he so chooses and it works.
    Chances are, I'm never playing the song the same way twice in row... It's all in my mood.
    Perhaps I'm an idiot. But I'd rather be an idiot who loves bass playing than a genius with a guitar :smug:
  16. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I groove :-D.
  17. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Mainly, I listen, and try to compliment, accentuate, and ever-so-occasionally dominate whatever tune I'm playing.

    And I look at the jibbly bits on the girls in the audience :D
  18. steps 5 and 6....repeat and repeat until content :D
  19. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    One thing I DON'T do is watch the audience!

    It's a good idea to watch the audiece (provided you're not reading music onstage). Watching the audience helps you call songs. You can tell whether you have their attention; are they moving or nodding body parts to the music (lets you know the groove is strong); are they dancing, are they tired of dancing and want a slower song. I always watch them unless someone throws some music in front of me then it's first things first. :D
  20. kowski


    Jul 12, 2005
    Salt Lake City
    Wow! I did not realize the depth, understanding and care about music/musicians that these posts contain!

    First, the humor really was welcome. And those posts were meant to be humorous, not musical, and that's cool.

    The others mostly informed me that my 'cookie-cutter' approach was lower than pond scum. Fair enough. What was most interesting is all the detailed, informed, lucid and pertinent descriptions of how each of you 'do it.' I guess when you really know your stuff, it shows when you talk about it!

    Thanks, all, for a very revealing set of posts.

    See ya, Michael