Silence is golden, your riffs sometimes are not

When performing with other musicians, it’s important to know when to get in and get out.  If the singer is singing, back off, let it happen and wait your turn.  Fill in the gaps between the main melodies with connecting riffs or runs, then get out again and wait your turn.  A true measure of a seasoned musician is knowing when not to play, where to place the “silence”.  It can really ruin a performance when the lead guitar is playing some sweet licks right on top of the vocals.  Peppering the tune with some well planned licks in the right places, will result in a much more impactful, cohesive performance.

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