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Friday, September 11, 2009

The evolved avo

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This was a great experiment in getting various people to jam over a 16 bar creation from whomever. Thanks to everyone who took part.
The premise behind it is this: A lot of people around the various forums have no clue about songwriting... so I devised a way that could be interesting in the long run. All you have is 16 bars to accompany... or... 16 bars to compose within. What that boils down to is, an 8 bar intro with an 8 bar verse; an 8 bar verse with an 8 bar chorus; an 8 bar chorus with an 8 bar bridge; an 8 bar bridge with an 8 bar solo... etc.
You could also apply it to 16 bar verses and chorus's if you wish, the choice is yours in the end. You have only 6 choices of drum beats to choose from, this in turn sparks creativity in a big way. The more instruments you layer on top of it, the more complete your creation becomes.
Now, given that you have written a few pieces with the ideas behind it of verse and chorus, etc... you now have learned a tool in which to compose in. Simplicity rocks in the end. The simpler your song, the easier the whole idea is to get across. The more complicated it is, the more you have to think about whats coming next. In my opinion, the former is much better than the latter in that all you have to think about in the end... is the delivery of quality.
Taking parts out of a drumbeat can add a lot of space to your sound you wish to create. Working within a limited framework also frees you up to be as creative as you are meant to be. Music is an artform, you are a musician, you are an artist and your canvas is the soundscape. So paint and be merry.
The link for those who do not know about it... or just wish to use the backings from others: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.ph p?t=1189269&page=1&pp=20
Thanks again to all those who took part :D
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