Feeling the Music 1: Pushing down; Dragging up.

Short and regular musings on making music and how it relates to emotions

I play both guitar and bass semi-professionally. I spent much of yesterday playing bass. I’ve been playing for — well, a lot of years (decades, even), but there are still some elements I work on from time to time.

Yesterday, I wanted to practice playing stuff ahead of the beat, also known as pushing the beat. For those who aren’t musical, it means just what it says on the tin: playing bass lines (or drum grooves or guitar or whatever) just slightly —…