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What does TECHNICAL mean in MUSIC?????

I know this probably sounds really dumb but hey, no one's ever explained it to me. I've heard the term "Really Technical" said about lots of my favorite metal bands, but I don't hear any electronic bounce beats or anything, so i'm pretty sure that's not what it means, and i want to know what distinguishes a technical band from one not so.

Thanks for comments
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TECHNICALLY this is correct
#6
There's little or no feeling it it..

EX: Blues is not technical. Prog Rock is.
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There's little or no feeling it it..

EX: Blues is not technical. Prog Rock is.



No, it just tends to be emotions other than sadness or being uplifting. Why do people always ignore anger etc as a feeling to be expressed in music.
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EX: Blues is not technical. Prog Rock is.


Don't you dare say that again.


Technical means (to me) complex, in terms of rhythm and/or melody and/or harmony.
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It just describes music with a lot of difficult playing, played usually quite fast. Most prog metal bands would fit this description.

Anything that took a lot of thought (or random wankery in Guitar Pro) to write with a lot of lead work and challenging riffs pretty much.
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Don't you dare say that again.


Technical means (to me) complex, in terms of rhythm and/or melody and/or harmony.



Ok now i'm getting it. that is definitely what i like in the music. thanks all for the comments
#13
Usually refers to jazz elements, complex song structuring, odd/multiple time signatures and extensive use of dynamics, amongst other things.

It's become rather watered down in the last few years though. It seems any metal band who play diminished sweeps between breakdowns are TECH AS F.UCK.
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Usually refers to jazz elements, complex song structuring, odd/multiple time signatures and extensive use of dynamics, amongst other things.

It's become rather watered down in the last few years though. It seems any metal band who play diminished sweeps between breakdowns are TECH AS F.UCK.


Sadly this is definately the case. I've even heard people say bring me the horizon is technical...
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There's little or no feeling it it..

EX: Blues is not technical. Prog Rock is.



There's no way you can say jazz has no feeling in it.
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everyone saying prog isnt technical go play a petrucci solo or listne to the music, and ACTUALLY listen, dont just sit there and headbang to the rhythm.
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everyone saying prog isnt technical go play a petrucci solo or listne to the music, and ACTUALLY listen, dont just sit there and headbang to the rhythm.


No one said that
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There's no way you can say jazz has no feeling in it.

It depends on who it is. There are wankers in jazz, just as there are wankers in metal.
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It's mainly referring to how hard something is to play. At least that's how the context sounds when people say that their favorite metal guitarist is super technical.
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Quote by haz_uk
Usually refers to jazz elements, complex song structuring, odd/multiple time signatures and extensive use of dynamics, amongst other things.

It's become rather watered down in the last few years though. It seems any metal band who play diminished sweeps between breakdowns are TECH AS F.UCK.
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It depends on who it is. There are wankers in jazz, just as there are wankers in metal.

Still, being a guitar wanker and putting feel into your stuff aren't mutually exclusive.
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#24
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Still, being a guitar wanker and putting feel into your stuff aren't mutually exclusive.

"Feeling" is all subjective anyway. I have stronger feelings when I listen to something minimalistic and mechanical like Joy Division or The Jesus & Mary Chain than I do when I listen to more complex pieces. To claim that any music inherently has more feeling is ridiculous.
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"Feeling" is all subjective anyway. I have stronger feelings when I listen to something minimalistic and mechanical like Joy Division or The Jesus & Mary Chain than I do when I listen to more complex pieces. To claim that any music inherently has more feeling is ridiculous.


Very intelligent answer. It is subjective.

I personally feel nothing listening to most blues or rock, but get a real kick out of stuff like Martyr (ridiculously technical, not in the sweepy way but in terms of jazz-influenced complex structures) and Augury. Even the "wanky" ones like Brain Drill and BTM I get a fair bit out of.

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Very intelligent answer. It is subjective.

I personally feel nothing listening to most blues or rock, but get a real kick out of stuff like Martyr (ridiculously technical, not in the sweepy way but in terms of jazz-influenced complex structures) and Augury. Even the "wanky" ones like Brain Drill and BTM I get a fair bit out of.


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Quote by Athabasca
Very intelligent answer. It is subjective.

I personally feel nothing listening to most blues or rock, but get a real kick out of stuff like Martyr (ridiculously technical, not in the sweepy way but in terms of jazz-influenced complex structures) and Augury. Even the "wanky" ones like Brain Drill and BTM I get a fair bit out of.



I swear I said the exact same thing about the both of them a day or 2 ago.
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I swear I said the exact same thing about the both of them a day or 2 ago.


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Paco De Lucia is technical.
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#30
Technical music can be fucking emotional, and anyone who says otherwise is a pile of rectums.

And yeah, technical music is complicated music, often very hard to play, utilises a lot of different techniques, and has nothing whatsoever to do with how emotional or expressive the piece is.

Technicality isn't always tasteless or wanky, either. It's just complicated.
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Paco De Lucia is technical.


This is wat TS has been waiting for. You now go look this guy up and you WILL see what technical is.
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Technical stuff requires technique.


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#34
What are some technical songs? other than selkies by BTBAM.. i want to learn something.
#35
Are you talking strictly metal? Necrophagist and Between The Buried and Me (especially new album) are about as technical as it gets.
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What are some technical songs? other than selkies by BTBAM.. i want to learn something.



Try The Human Abstract.
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About as technical as it gets
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Its where you throw in completely random passages that have nothing to do with the style of music you play in while having no transitions from one to the other making it sound unlistenably choppy. Example: Colors by BTBAM

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Sadly this is definately the case. I've even heard people say bring me the horizon is technical...


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