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2bhumble (Dave)
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« on: April 05, 2008, 08:27:59 PM »

I have enjoyed reading all the threads about our weak points with bass playing. A few of them made me chuckle.  Grin

I think my strongest point would be keeping time. Back years ago I worked a lot on keeping time and now it just seems to come natural to me.

I can also jump in with a group of musicians I am unfamilar with, and a song I dont really know and as long as someone tells me what key the song is in I can roll with it pretty good. I got a lot of experience doing this in local coffee shops where they have open jam sessions.
It is not only good experience but its a lot of fun also. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008, 08:44:08 PM »

I think I have a decent sense of time tempo and rhythm
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Bobby
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008, 10:52:29 PM »

Locking in with a good drummer. Give me a good drummer, and we will click and lay down a groove so deep that you can move the whole family down in it and set up residence. Cool
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 02:32:57 PM »

Keeping time and playing deep in the pocket. Like Embellisher said, give me a good drummer and magic will happen. In a lot of the tunes we cover I'll drop some of the small licks if it means making the groove wider, unless they help support the groove Cheesy. I'm also a fast learner and will pick up the tunes more quickly than most of the other band members. That could be because I have no life   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2008, 10:09:52 AM »

Flexibility.  We had a Psalm tune @ 6/8 and needed a Clave bassline...I had it on demand.
Thats what Jamey Aebersold play-alongs do for ya.  A real tool box of diversity.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2008, 10:34:45 AM »

You guys are good!

I can almost always get the strap on without any twists in it. (I've got a ways to go.)
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2008, 11:08:33 AM »

oldrookie,
 I got a really good chuckle out of your post.  Cheesy That was funny...
I am still chucking as I type this.
Thank you for your honesty and stick it with my friend.

Dave
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 07:13:00 PM »

You guys are good!

I can almost always get the strap on without any twists in it. (I've got a ways to go.)

 :oWow... do you give lessons?

Seriously.
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 07:52:10 PM »

Easy there, boys!  You know how we Christians are with the whole pride issue! Grin

(Glad you got the humor intended in the earlier post.)

Perhaps I'll embed a video on YouTube with a complete demonstration of my technique if there is enough interest.  I am nearly as good with the cord thingee that hooks the bass and the big box thingee together. Cheesy

Thanks for the encouragement, Dave.  I am sticking with it and trying hard.  Effort doesn't make up for talent being a quart low, but may end up being able to play a bit in the long run.  Assuming He tarries a bit longer.

Joel
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008, 02:43:46 PM »

Feel and groove.  having fun for me is a good high.
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2008, 10:51:33 PM »

My  strong points:

I am not afraid to make a mistake. This comes after making about a gazillion of them.  Grin

I very seldom get asked to turn down.  Cool

I consider my role as support / complimentary   Lips sealed

I have good equipment, and play in tune  Kiss
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2008, 06:42:52 AM »


I never show up late for practice.

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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2008, 07:18:50 AM »

Passion.   

[And, like Scott, I'm never late.]

Those attributes can cover a multitude of technical "sins".
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2008, 08:29:07 AM »

I can play just about anything on the fly. Tell me what key we're in and I'll pick up on the rest. Everybody hates me too. I make the guitarists so mad since I don't use music or charts in front of me. Grin
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2008, 09:18:40 AM »

I do as I am told by my competant WL.

He has the big picture, finished product of sound in his head and knows how to motivate the congregation to sing...thats his consistent job.  I in turn have to deliver the backbone in a way that supports his intended result, competantly as well.  95% of my playing time, the "less is more" method gets it done.

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