Chillis Bassist Get Educated

Legendary bassist with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Flea has apparently gone back to school, according to a new interview in the Los Angeles times.

Real name Michael Balzary, Flea is widely regarded as one of the planet's foremost pluckers of the four-string, a feat who shows to audiences via regular ten minute solos.

However, it seems the bass player has taken a sudden urge to learn the mechanics of music, and has enrolled in the exclusive University Of Southern California music program.

"I'm glad my music education has developed the way that it has, but it's so much fun to learn this stuff because I never knew anything," he told the Los Angeles Times.

"I played trumpet in the school bands," he continued. "I learned things I liked to play on my trumpet but I didn't learn why this note goes with this note and why it produces that sound. Or how to create tension in the composition."

Flea also confirmed that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers are to take a two year hiatus from any musical work, explaining "we had our noses to the grindstones so hard for so long. We needed to get away from it and get a fresh perspective on things."
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