When we think of instrumentation in bands, we typically think of the same basic lineup, genre depending. Branching out and experimenting with different instruments or different ways of playing can work creative wonders for artists, however, and prevent an act from going stale.
In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, Ben Jacklin highlights the importance of instrumental experimentation in music, and how trying new things with your instrument can help unlock creative doors.
"When we learn to play an instrument we learn things habits. Certain chords we go back to, ways we construct melodies, strumming and plucking and bowing techniques. After many years of this, it can be easy to find ourselves repeating the same old things, especially if once upon a time they worked for us."