a bassist and drummer

sharp13

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so how should lets say, the musical relationship between a bassist and a drummer be? arent they coordinated between each other or sumthing?so whats the deal there?
 

Nessmaster

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The musical relationship between me and our bassist is pretty much this; If I loose the beat he still has it so I can recover, and vice versa :lol:
 

Homki890

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The set player and the bassist share the pocket of the groove. You can think of it as piano. Drums lay down the structure, the bass lays down the voicing. The relationship between bassist and set player has to be maintained throughout the entire process. The Bass usually will play the root notes of the changes in the song. Therefore, as a drummer, you listen to him for the form, and where you are in the song. As a bassist, you listen to drums for the rhythm, and the style of what the bass should play and cover with you. If you as a set player are playing sparingly and sharp cracks on the snare, the bassist will not play long, legato tones. Same as when a bassist plays slap, a set player will not play a waltz style with brushes. If one is off, so is the other. You have to be locked into your bassist, and so does your bassist to you. It would be wise to spend some extra time away from regular band, just you and bass, jam, play, get a feel for how each of you play. The sooner you are able to play together, not as two, but as one entity put forth through two means, the sooner the groove becomes solid, and gold.

Homki890
 

AmnestysLowEnd

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I am both a bassist and a drummer. I have been play bass for 7 yrs and drums for 6 yrs. As a bass player I love when me and my drummer for are band click into a heavy groove. We tend to take turns leading each other on how we want the song to come of. If I play a fill, he follows and vis-versa it really adds to the songs. Are guitarist is extremely experimental in his parts, a lot of delay and phaser/flanger effects and sometimes a minimalist. But with are strong melodic yet stead parts the song still sounds very full.

We feel are parts are one gigantic part; we are just extensions of each others musical vocabulary. Plus with me also being a drummer we can bounce drum parts off of each other till we find a sick groove. I feel that the bass and drums are really what makes the songs not so much the melody, so my advice is get together and play as much with your bassist as possible develop a great musical and personal relationship with him/her. I know my drummer for my band is my best friend because of are constant playing together. We have played in the same bands since we picked up are instruments so we know each others abilities and push each other beyond them.
 

Lancelot Frosty

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I would say that the bass and the drums are very important.
Part of getting into the pocket IMO is lining up with the bass real nice. Know what I mean?
 

dedrummervanrolf

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My bassplayer and I are playing almost in eachother. If I can't hear the bass, or when we're practising without our bassist, I feel like the music sucks, and like my drumming sucks too.

I used to have lots of jam-sessions with just my bassist, which really gets you on the same level, and makes it the more flowing. One thing we used to do (and still do occasionally) is to get in a tempo together, and then just go nuts with all sorts of measure changes, and still feel that one beat going. By now, we hardly make mistakes, cause we've already been there. So if I skip a beat or if he does, we're still on the same page, cause we just stay in the same beat and catch up.
 

dammow

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dedrummervanrolf":378gy0ah said:
My bassplayer and I are playing almost in eachother. If I can't hear the bass, or when we're practising without our bassist, I feel like the music sucks, and like my drumming sucks too.

I used to have lots of jam-sessions with just my bassist, which really gets you on the same level, and makes it the more flowing. One thing we used to do (and still do occasionally) is to get in a tempo together, and then just go nuts with all sorts of measure changes, and still feel that one beat going. By now, we hardly make mistakes, cause we've already been there. So if I skip a beat or if he does, we're still on the same page, cause we just stay in the same beat and catch up.
my bassist and i are just the same as that! also i find it alot more fun to jam with a bass player than guitarists too.
 

Rob Crisp

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Good replies guys!

My bassist and I are so in tune with each other that even when we're doing some silly little bass drums grove for no reason other than we felt like it, we naturally stop at the same time.

That's when you know it's on, when you're predicting each others next move.
 

dammow

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heres me and my bass player rockin' 8)

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screamkevin

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Quite simply put, if there's no chemistry between the drummer and the bassist, the band will suck. Period. There's a bass player here in town that I've played on and off with for the last decade. We don't even have to speak to each other onstage, we're right in each other's hip pocket. He'll give me a glance, and I know exactly where he's going. Some cats have that feel right off the bat, but in most cases, it comes from years of playing with the same dude.
 

xdoseonex

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dammow":1xjq6jdn said:
heres me and my bass player rockin' 8)

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i hope hes either standing on a rack and not your bass drum. or you dont care about that kit whatsoever
 

dammow

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xdoseonex":26zia87o said:
dammow":26zia87o said:
heres me and my bass player rockin' 8)

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i hope hes either standing on a rack and not your bass drum. or you dont care about that kit whatsoever
hahaha, im afraid he is standing on the bass drum, he went through a stage of doing it at gigs and he did ask first but ive since told him to stop. he hasnt marked the drum at all and i do genuinely think the drum is strong enough (hes only a small guy) but i told him "no more" just incase!!!!
 

xdoseonex

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dammow":1s71rw6j said:
xdoseonex":1s71rw6j said:
dammow":1s71rw6j said:
heres me and my bass player rockin' 8)

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i hope hes either standing on a rack and not your bass drum. or you dont care about that kit whatsoever
hahaha, im afraid he is standing on the bass drum, he went through a stage of doing it at gigs and he did ask first but ive since told him to stop. he hasnt marked the drum at all and i do genuinely think the drum is strong enough (hes only a small guy) but i told him "no more" just incase!!!!
well i used to think that was ok. a bass drum is strong enough to support a person. But it turns out that much weight on ur bass drum can but your shell out of round. and we all know a drum might as well be garbage once its out of round
 

dammow

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certainly do! he probably did it about 5 times in total but no more! thanks for your concern too!

cheers,

dammow.
 

zamnato

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my band dosent hae a bassist...
but the only relation for me is that i am a bassist lol
mainly a drummer but lernin a secondary instrument after drums gives you a kick start
especially for timing
 
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