Musically, I come from a vocalist background, and there’s something to be said for making the song your own as a vocalist. As a bassist, I’ve found that doesn’t really translate and people talk a lot more about “nailing the song” than I expected. I’ve also found there are a lot of variables that, as a bassist covering a recording live, make reproducing the original artist’s exact performance difficult, such as:
- Playing it in a different key from the original which presents certain challenges like different open strings and voicing/sound differences
- The artists for a band occasionally change between the recorded and live versions
- The artist doesn’t play it the same way every time
- Tempo changes sometimes make a song awkward without adding/subtracting things
Regardless, I find it odd that people are so hung up on reproducing every bit perfectly. So . . . Why is that a good idea? Where do you draw the line? Do you do that with every song or just some songs? I’d like to hear everyone’s input on whatever pops into you brain if you managed to read down this far.