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.)
Indian music can't be listened to the same way you hear rock and roll. You cannot do 'Yea Yea' and 'Go Man Go' - Ravi Shankar
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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