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thisfall's picture
Hamilton, Ontario
Dec 2003
2 years ago

I've always been a big fan of the massive post-rock sound and my songwriting has always reflected that...big, dramatic and dissonant melodies, long instrumental songs that change and go from soft to hard throughout.

Lately though, I have really been getting in to the prettier side of things, more ethereal, dreamy and toneful. This all started after I saw A Northern Chorus last Saturday, and was the start of my ES 335 obsession. Some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard, by far. I was in awe the whole night.

So who else's style is changing?

It's refelcting in my gear choices too. Less noisy stuff, and more warm/natural sounds.

screamingdaisy's picture
Off the deep end.
Sep 2003
1 week ago

My style doesn't change, but it's always evolving.

Change is too abrupt a word for me. It kinda says, "I'm done with that, now I'm going to do this."

I'm always going back while I move forward.

R. Mutt

Guitar -> Wah -> Amp -> Cab

b.scott's picture
Austin TX
Dec 2003
6 years ago

Evolution and change are good.

I, on the other hand, feel like I'm in a bad situation: I feel like I don't really have a style. I've got a strong background in rhythm playing, especially acoustic stuff. I've been listening to a lot of post-rock, epic, instrumental kind of stuff (even a lot from around here, Fiveways, The Shadow Project, etc.), but it's not a style 'm really familiar with. It's a bit of a tough learning curve, and I haven't found anyone interested in playing stuff like that, so I have to stumble through it on my own.

do you guys feel like your styles evolve partly though the people you play with? Do you think it helps you evolve faster? Just some thoughts for discussion...

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screamingdaisy's picture
Off the deep end.
Sep 2003
1 week ago

Originally posted by b.scott

do you guys feel like your styles evolve partly though the people you play with? Do you think it helps you evolve faster? Just some thoughts for discussion...

I think your style is an evolution of everything you've ever played.

That said, I feel you evolve much faster playing with others. Playing with others means you end up learning stuff that they like, which is stuff that my have never chosen to learn on your own. It's for that reason that I'm starting to seek jam sessions with other players.

R. Mutt

Guitar -> Wah -> Amp -> Cab

thisfall's picture
Hamilton, Ontario
Dec 2003
2 years ago

I wish this was the case! I can't find anyone to jam with PERIOD let alone anyone who is interested in my styles. I did find someone who drums, but he apparently doesn't want to talk with me on MSN/come over on mondays anymore. Meh. I'll find someone else.... and if he wants to be a prick about anything...

I've got his drum machine. :cool:

TorsteinJN's picture
Norway
Oct 2004
4 years ago

Originally posted by screamingdaisy
My style doesn't change, but it's always evolving.

Change is too abrupt a word for me. It kinda says, "I'm done with that, now I'm going to do this."

I'm always going back while I move forward.

Couldn't agree more with this one. Always trying to find "new"-sounding stuff.

skip_tracer's picture
Wilmington, NC
Oct 2002
4 years ago

I recently joined a band in the role of lead guitarist, and I find myself playing completely differently than in my own band. This is almost a straight-up pop-rock band, whereas my own stuff is more noisy and experemental.

I'm a lot less busy and I take up less space. Not having to sing lets me concentrate on playing lines that run counter to the vocal melody.

Dan_the_Man's picture
Redding CA
Oct 2002
8 years ago

My lyrical style is changing a bit. My band's first few songs were about World War I, riding horses, and books like 1984. We actually still have a song called Victory Gin. It looks a bit odd compared to our new stuff though. These days, I gravitate towards lyrics that detail what I discover about humanity. There's words about instinct, evil versus good, and other conflict. It's a lot less specific and it's less about feelings, though I'm sure I will get done with this type of lyric after a few songs. Besides, for a band named Euthanasia, these aren't quite fiece enough!

Lyrically or instrumentally, you have to keep all the stuff you've written during little phases, because if you have a lot of songs that sound different while still holding on to your group's natural character, it makes for a better set.

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times-new-omen's picture
Pennsyltucky
Dec 2004
2 years ago

change is bad. we fear change.

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CompadreAlto's picture
Missouri = Kansas With Hills
Nov 2004
7 years ago

I think as a player I've evolved quite drastically from when I started playing. I started out by not knowing ANYTHING for about a year, so I basically came up with my own way of playing. Now I've learned some more theory and chord progressions and I add that to what I learned in the beginning by just making stuff up. Plus I love trying to get new sounds out of my instruments, whether it be through pedals or technique or things like Ebows and the such. But whatever I do I just want it to be original and reflect myself in it.

I still do play like I don't know how to play sometimes, but that's how you can get some interesting "sonic corrosions" in chords and stuff.

I Like to go scree scree boop

doingtheunstuck's picture
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 2003
6 months ago

i am sitting on the edge of a lot of big changes... unfortunately, all of those big changes rely on specific gear needs and thus money.

i need a four track, a steinberger, a sustainiac, some kind of amp (quite possibly a little modeling unit) and a mic or two.

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