Have you ever been trying to get just the right sound, stacking your drives and piling on your modulations, turning up the gain, tweaking the volume, throwing in delay, eq-ing the begeebers out of everything, and have it all still sound like mush? Then you start over with just the amp and guitar and it sounds beautiful? It's probably the case of trying to fit too much sound in a small space. New guitarists don't know about this; seasoned vets usually do. That's why fill notes are best used at the end of singing lines, why great songs usually start thin and build with the instrumentation as the song goes on, waiting til the end to blow the walls out. That's why everybody quiets down when the bass player has a solo. That's why a good sound person works with the levels and makes sure the vocalist is heard above everything. Shoot, even the philharmonic orchestra usually doesn't let all the instruments play at once. I know, it's not our kind of music, but they are the pros; we can probably learn something from them. Watching an orchestra I think is when I began to realize the difference; Most of us guitarists feel we need to play big through entire songs, each and every song. We find ourselves completing for "sound space" with the rest of the band. In "cutting through the mix" we sometimes end up "cutting out our fellow bandmates, and the sound guy is at a loss to make everybody happy. But ahh the sweet and liberating feeling when you first discover things like waiting to play til the first chorus or just playing power notes on the 1 and the 3 or palm muting or not thinking you have to solo on every song, or the power of one sustained note or chord. Shoot, I think it's possible to not even play on one entire song, or maybe use the acoustic for a softer voicing. So that's my mild rant today. Probably won't get lots of responses, but interested to hear back from a few of you anyway. What are your thoughts or examples?