On Blood Sugar Sex Magik his bass playing provided a great contrast to John Frusciante’s minimal guitar for instance, and it meant Flea created more melodic sounds. And not just Frusciante’s guitar either, but Flea was able to provide counter melodies to Chad Smith’s drumming and Anthony Kiedis’ vocals too.
It’s meant that not only has Flea created a unique sound for the band, but on the wider scale he’s created a new role for bass players too. In most rock bands the bass player provides the same harmonic structure for the guitar to work off and the drummer to link to. But Flea branches out of those traditional bass lines, bringing added versatility.
“There’s nothing wrong with a solid bass playing traditional bass lines but part of what makes Flea so great is that he isn’t confined to traditional definitions of what bass lines can be.” notes the video, continuing,”Rock bass can sometimes feel like an afterthought thrown in just to fill out the sound but Flea’s bass lines never feel like that they always add something new and essential to the song.”
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