I always enjoy playing with a strong group of musicians. Experienced players think about the following:
- Am I leaving enough space in my playing for the other band members?
- Is my stage volume making it hard for other players to hear themselves?
- Are my stage tones clashing with anyone else?
- Does what I’m playing contribute to the mood and meaning of the song?
I have found myself in situations where players do not think about these questions.
Update: I had included some additional commentary for this post which I have removed. My intent was to talk about the important things to remember when playing in a band and not to single out any one person in particular. I have had to learn these lessons myself.