Alan_ wrote:-is playing a bass too hard bad? My jazz director tells me never too use bass. I used to always play bass really loud like in rock music but he just told me never to play it at all. We have like a 22 bass i think.
When keeping time, unless you're playing oldschool dixieland or trying to play big band swing authentically in a 30's style, it's usually not correct to play the bass drum loud all the time. Accents should be played louder, of course. There's an art to playing the bass drum quietly enough that it more reinforces the bass player than actually is heard as a voice in its own right. VERY quietly. this is called "feathering" the bass drum, and it's not easy to do if you've never done it.
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