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Less is more. This is a topic that you may have heard when you were young, and reappears through our lives, particularly if you are musical (I assume)

When we begin our journey on our musical path this is definitely true, but as we progress it is often too tempting to overdo things, to play at our technical best. It is too tempting to show off a little and loose yourselves in the moment. But is this always the best thing to do?

Many players, including myself, have fallen for the ‘overplay’ bug. Flea from the RHCP stated in the Funky monks documentary how he always wanted to be the fasted and best bass player he could be. But sometimes it can be the case that less is more, and playing what is fitting for the song can be much more effective

It is a theory that I have yet to fully put into practice with a band, but taking Flea as an example and listening to songs such as ‘Under the bridge’ and ‘Give it away’, you can hear that simplicity is sometimes much more effective. In fact it can sometimes be the notes that you don’t play that make all the difference. It is a topic I could go on about for a while, but I guess that would defeat the point…(?)

In summary, this is a theory that can influence our lives on many levels, but not least in our musical performances and recording techniques.

Until next time, take it easy.

Ian Lory

Ian is a musician / songwriter from Bournemouth UK. You can listen to some of his music here https://soundcloud.com/ian-lory


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