1 November 2012
I may try to record some examples of what I'm talking about, because I think it would be too subtle and complicated to describe in typed out words (and I can't write music well enough to communicate it that way, either).
For now, just one example I will allude to: "I Need You". When I was listening to this song many times this past spring, I began to develop ways of singing along to it that added to it. Also, at other times when the song wasn't playing but just remembering it in my mind, I would continue to flesh out these "additions".
I'll take a stab at describing a couple of things I do with that song, I'll add my vocal additions in bold (with caps denoting accented sounds):
"You don't realize how much I need you--buh-buh-buh buh BUH buh..."
These "buh-buhs" at other times in similar spots can be changed to:
After these are done a few times at the appropriate places, when I do them the last time I increase the number and placement of them so that the rhythm of them starts to sound like I am trying to change the time from 4/4 to something else (5/4 or 7/4) in tension with the ongoing 4/4.
In addition to these vocalisms, I also want to hear some kind of percussive addition -- either snare drums or fast rhythm guitar doing a fast strumming patter of 8th beats, at about the same place as my "buh-buhs" above -- either replacing them once or twice, or sounding at the same time.
1 November 2012
I just remembered another thing I do with "I Need You". I actually add some melodic curlicues, like after "I need you" is sung, there's this thing I sing that bridges the "you" with that reverb guitar -- but I'm afraid I'll have to wait until I record myself humming over the song in the near future, which I will post.
1 December 2009
This song has never been a favourite of mine, so I applaud your efforts so spice it up a little. I'm not sure if I'm understanding your description properly, but weirdly enough I'm imagining a touch of Brazilian samba accents, or maybe it's bossa nova (I'm not sure what the difference is.)
I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody'. - Paul McCartney
1 November 2012
Well, if you already dare to say a Beatles song is flawed, then you won't mind my blasphemy! I actually like this song a lot, but for some reason I just "hear" certain things and I find myself having to do them when I sing along. I never thought of Brazilian samba, but that might be an apt comparison. In fact, it might be a good way to cover the song -- do it up as a Tom Jobim song...
16 June 2013
"Misery" sounds much better played at half-speed.
20 August 2013
Can an addition to a song be included in this thread?
I keep wanting to add "Caressing my face with her eyes" to Here, There, and Everywhere.
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