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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / Rewriting other people's songs for a different genre ?

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Dec 31st, 2017 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile  


Just a general question on rewriting country songs into more bluesy sounding songs.

Does anyone have any tips for doing this ?

On the first attempt I've gone with repeating the first line to make a 12 bar I-IV-V tune.


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Jan 5th, 2018 10:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think it's more about the rhythm and vocal delivery than the chord structure.

Most blues tunes are really simple 4/4 beats with pretty spare instrumentation. Sometimes they swing a little.

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Jan 5th, 2018 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

As far as lyrics go, change "my dog" to "my woman".

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Jan 10th, 2018 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Windmill, I don't know if this will *help* or not.

My buddy Mike does a lot of that sort of thing.

This is one he has done for years. Not sure if he developed it on his own or picked it up someplace else.

For whatever it's worth ...


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Jan 10th, 2018 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I enjoyed that one!

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Jan 10th, 2018 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks BlondeStrat

That is the type of thing I'm after.

Your example is a clever meshing of the tunes Help and Help Me.

I'm not that smart, but it shows what can be done.


(This message was last edited by windmill at 11:25 PM, Jan 10th, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Jan 11th, 2018 03:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd go so far as to say there's almost nothing you *can't* do.

I do a version of Road Runner (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers) that, just by tweaking the rhythm a little bit, turns it into a full-on boogie (ala ZZ Top's Tush).
I have also boogie-fied a Sound Garden song.

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