Part VI – The Band I Left – I think the writing is on the wall.
Maybe the upside to this band is I could make myself the feature player. But that’s really not what I want in a band. I don’t want to be the “star”.
What I want to be in a band is the drummer, just sitting back with the bass player holding the whole thing together. Just laying down a solid foundation for the rest of the players to build on.
But this band kind of thrusts me out there since I don’t see anything interesting coming out of the other two players.
The songs are loaded with spaces.
Filling those spaces in a tasteful and musical manner will help develop my artistic muscle. It will help me to develop knowing when to fill, what to fill and when to leave a hole.
But will it affect how I play when I do get to play with more experienced and talented players? In a situation like that less and less notes would be required. Hopefully I don’t develop any bad habits of over playing.
I’ll give this band one more month.
If a substantial repertoire isn’t in place and gigs aren’t booked I will have to diplomatically excuse myself from the situation.
Right now I’m really starting to explore online collaboration. I am hoping this will open me up to a much larger pool of musicians.
I’m getting tired of the kiddie pool.
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