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FAQ

What about "dumbed down" lines?


"As someone who plays a lot in the worship environment, what's your approach when it comes to playing 'dumbed-down' lines vs. something that might be seen as showing off?"



 

I think the most important thing is to make sure that whatever you play is appropriate to the context and serves the song. Sometimes that might be tied whole notes, and other times that might be dense clusters of bass pyro. :^) If you've ever heard the incredible Abraham Laboriel Sr. in the worship context, you know that he will sometimes play a LOT of notes...but it's always celebrative, in context and worshipful.

As a general rule, my suggestion is "if in doubt...simplify". That approach will always serve you well. I also don't subscribe to the idea of "simple" being "dumbed down" - if the tune calls for pedaling 8th-notes, I strive to play them with just the right note duration, rhythmic placement, intensity and feel to help the song convey the intended statement and emotion.

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