My band has been fooling around with the tape machine and the bass player suggested that I play counter-point to the track I already did. What does he mean?

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    Probably worth asking him. Either he'll know and explain it properly, or won't, and will look a bit of a ****.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 17:19
  • @Tim-I guess I don't wish to reveal my own ****ishness to him. There's politics everywhere. Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 17:29
  • Counterpoint means the same in music whether it's guitar, piano, trumpet or flute. Google it too, and note the many choices for definitions. Then ask him.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 17:36
  • @Tim-As usual, your comments are pretty much spot on and helpful to me. Why can't I think that way? Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 17:40

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If you were playing a melody, play a different one that weaves against it, rather than just doubling up or adding a harmony line. More generally, he's probably suggesting you 'fill in the gaps' of what you played before. Have a musical conversation with it!

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