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Discussion in 'Ace's BASS Place' started by bchaffin72, Mar 15, 2017.
cool - good stuff. I shall endeavor to do as he says!!!!
Well, for anyone who thinks bass players aren't that important(and those types are out there), just wait until your bass player f**ks up or just decides to mess with you a bit...........
very cool interview, thanks for posting.
I thought it was good, especially the point about actually listening to the other players and not just playing your part like it exists in a vacuum. When a band isn't musically tight and don't know how to actually interact and compliment each other, it definitely shows.
It's been years since I was in a band setting, but I always tried to have that awareness.
I played a lot of rhythm guitar growing up. I happened to play most often with guys who were really talented musicians and honestly I learned to relish that role. I always appreciated guys like Malcolm Young who just held it down tight so Angus could be Angus. Very similar to what Flea is saying. Be you and enjoy your part of the creativity and if you can help every one else to sound better it is a reflection on your skill.
Thanks for posting this! That's some spot-on advice from a very cool guy.
I played rhythm in the first incarnation of my band. And, after the bass player and drummer quit on us for another band, I switched to bass and, for a while,our drummer's name was "ROLAND". Eventually, our bass player came back so I went back to guitar.
But, even before all that, I learned to appreciate being a supporting player acoustically, in a folk/bluegrass setting, sitting in with my great aunt and uncle. They played most of the local music festivals back then. She played leads on 6 and 12 strings, he played banjo,and they let me do the strumming and rhythm work. It was a great experience.
And they gave me my first guitar, the one that started it all.....................
Ideas that should inspire musicians everywhere.
Spirit of givingness! Yea Flea, like the time back stage you offered my friend's 15 year old daughter a RHCP T shirt in exchange for a blow job. You are ****ing monster on bass, but give the pseudo spiritual nonsense a rest.
WELL-SAID! Good comments.
What is dead may never die!
The Guitar instructors I learned from as a kid stressed the importance of learning to play Rhythm FIRST. Flashy guitar solos mean NOTHING without the support of a band's Rhythm Section. Drums, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, and Keyboards are (at MINIMUM) EQUALLY important to the BEST solo and/or soloist! Total TEAM effort! Even NOW, 40+ years later, when I learn a new song, I STILL learn the Rhythm FIRST.