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Silence Is Golden

February 26, 2014

Music is all about loud crazy noise right? Rock n roll!!!!

Well, Miles Davis wrote an entire album devoted to the concept of silence.

That’s right. A auditory art about silence. Doesn’t make a lot of sense.

….Or does it?

Actually, it makes a whole lot of sense. Listen to blues guitar-legend B.B. King. The rests in between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves.

Think of it this way. When you are playing in a noob five-piece rock band, you’ve got:

A guitarist playing as loud and as fast as he can.
Another guitarist playing as loud and as fast as he can.
A bassist playing as loud and as fast as he can.
A drummer playing as loud and as fast as he can.
A singer screaming as loud and as high as he can.

You see, it can get crowed and congested really fast.

Sometimes the best thing to do is not play at all. Maybe it’d be better if the guitar started the song and the bass didn’t come in til the verse? Maybe the drums can drop out for a measure in the bridge? Maybe we should learn to shut up.

Dynamics are so important. Don’t let your need to constantly play with full-power get in the music.

Believe it or not, silence can make your music sound bigger.

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