Listening to some SOAD got me thinking about the music the boys and I have been playing at out jam sessions.
We have a bassist, drummer and 3 electrics and at times it sounds too layered and cluttered even for the type of music we're playing. So far we have a sound and i quite like it, although a cleaner, minimalist approach would be more to my liking.
This brought me to thinking what's most important to me wrt music. Is it a simple riff with good vocals or is it just a melodic rhythm that can cover for less than opera class vocal ability? SOAD is fairly simple, punchy stuff but the vocals elevate the experience.
What grabs you by the short and curlys when you listen to music?
For me , i guess its when rhythm meets melody.....
the rhythmic elements could be in the form of a riff, percussive , electronic stuff ? anything really
any instument can emphasize the rhythmic qualities of music...
a good melody? what is a bad melody? ,
i think its all about phrasing & spaces, creating spaces in your melodies, to allow for what some refer to
"negative melodic images" to form...
If you look at all top session muso's that perform with the big guns,
they work on this minimilist approach...
#1) A simple yet effective drum beat
#2) A solid rhythm guitar throughout
#3) A decent lead thats nor too intricate with a cracker of a solo thrown in somewhere.
#4) And last but not least....Vocals that are clear and understandable,easy to follow and sing to.
Keep your chord progression simple ....don't make the songs too complicated..
Tom petty said "Some of the best songs folk/rock songs don't contain more than 4 chords."
Just follow your creative instinct...It will all eventually come together....You should know that by now Spykey!!! 😀
Getting 5 guys to all slot in takes work...
Often you end up over engineering something to the point where you lose the initial feel. Gotta keep things simple.
Most of the stuff we do are 4 chord wonders and I don't meen that in a cynicle sense.
It's the K.I.S.S. principle. Keep It Simple, Stupid !