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Sparse or full backing tracks?


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This sorta got covered in another thread, but it's something that I have been struggling with for a while.

 

Firstly, I play live bass and keys, so then I create backing tracks as true to the original as possible with whatever I am not playing - pretty much drums, guitars and some strings parts.

 

However of late, I have been feeling it's sorta kinda a bit like instrumental karaoke. Sure I AM playing and singing live parts, but idk?? I noted a comment in the other thread (J.Dan??) that said go full on, one way or the other - IE make all just keys or make the backing track full-on. No "bitsa's" :)

 

I have had some audience members comment that the tracks sound great but it would be nice to hear just what I am playing and maybe, MAYBE add some sparse drums. Yet others say they love the full cover versions. I just find it hard to get folks up dancing with just the keys and a "kick stomp box".

 

What do others think?

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Make sure your vocal is out front- is my opinion

 

I am 95% sure, from my experience as a song writer, instrumentally,

that most listeners respond and relate to a strong and tight rhythm

section.

 

If I was the OMB , I would calibrate that to the audience. Rhythm is physical- it reaches

people in the gut.

 

Some exception to this, lets say, slow gentle ballads. But you know your material.

 

 

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Cater to everyone. I like variety so I would enjoy if the set contained both kinds of approaches.

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I have had some audience members comment that the tracks sound great but it would be nice to hear just what I am playing and maybe, MAYBE add some sparse drums. Yet others say they love the full cover versions. I just find it hard to get folks up dancing with just the keys and a "kick stomp box".

 

What do others think?

I think that you might tend to get different answers from musicians then you would get from the general public.

 

But since you're solo, I think the backing tracks should probably be pretty strong if your goal is to get folks up and dancing as you said. If it wasn't specifically for dance, it's a tougher call.

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