Subtract

Just did a gig with a bass player and a singer last night, and I haven’t done that for a while. It reminded me that when you take away things it exposes aspects of your playing. There’s more responsibility to play in time, to find a good volume balance, to blend with the others, to play with a sense of clarity, strength, groove, and so on. I say all this because I didn’t feel I did it particularly well, but that’s a good thing. Good that I’ve been reminded that I need to work more on those things; or just do more of that kind of thing. Maybe even play solo. I hate playing solo. Maybe I’ll just subtract myself for those gigs…