In this video I collaborate on an original song in a clinic with American bassist, composer and music educator Andy Irvine, with legendary Kiwi drummer Patrick Kuhtze at the Auckland Rockshop’s BackBeat Bar.
The theme of the workshop (apart from being all things bass!) was to really open up as a group to listening to what was happening between the musicians. I thought of this as keeping a focus on holding down the groove when comping and trying to interact as much as possible without getting in the way or ‘just coasting’ and playing chords I knew for the sake of playing something. Rather, I would listen to the time being kept by the rhythm section and try and react to this; whether it was dynamically, harmonically, rhythmically, texturally, density etc – all of these musical elements may be examined in this context – my focus is on listening first and playing a response to my environment. A useful technique to practice.
The action starts around the 1:10 mark. Great groove!
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