#1
I don't know where to put this or what search for so apologies for posting this in wrong thread or if this has been done.

I was thinking if you were composing a song...would you make the guitar part(s) really hard for you personally to play or would you make it easier by simplifying the part(s) down (say maybe by leaving out some small fills which don't contribute massively to the overall sound)..

And do you think that the artists you listen to really stretch their ability as musicians in the songs they make?
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#3
Mines are intermediate at best. I think it depends on the songwriter whether they push themselves and I think this belongs in songwriting.
EDIT: I don't go out of my way to simplify them, it's just the way I write.


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#5
Depends who I'm writing it for. If it's for my band, my guitarist is infinetly better than I am, so I have freedom to make it a lot more complex, but if it's one of my personal projects, I have to keep it at my skill level, which is intermediate at best.
#6
That depends entirely on how good you are and your playing style... for me, they're easy, because when I write music I'm usually quite improvisational. Although, sometimes I'll come up with something I can't play.
#8
I tend to write music that's a little bit more technical than I'm capable of, unfortunately. It's not intentional, I just listen to a lot of technical bands and come up with similar stuff. It probably makes me a better player, though, since I have to practice to learn my own music.
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#9
the difficulty and quality of a composition are in no way linked. My compositions vary a lot, but I can at least play everything I come up with.
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#10
I suppose it depends on your composing style; if you're the sort of person to sit down and just play for hours on end, recording every random riff that sounds good then it would be as difficult as you can actually play. If you sit down with a pen and paper and do things theory-based, I'd imagine you would sometimes compose stuff much more difficult.
#11
I don't go out of my way to write technical music, but every so often a riff will crop up which I have to practice a bit before I can play coherently. I guess it's healthy to be challenged sometimes.
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I don't know where to put this or what search for so apologies for posting this in wrong thread or if this has been done.

I was thinking if you were composing a song...would you make the guitar part(s) really hard for you personally to play or would you make it easier by simplifying the part(s) down (say maybe by leaving out some small fills which don't contribute massively to the overall sound)..

And do you think that the artists you listen to really stretch their ability as musicians in the songs they make?

Think the placement of the thread is fine. it could go in the Musicians Talk forum, but this is a pretty general topic.

Personally, I like to push myself when writing. It makes me a better musician and also the rest of my band mates better too. I feel that makes the music and the band more interesting. There are times, I admit, when I try too hard to write something overly technical when something less demanding to play would and does fit better in the song. For me, it's about finding a balance within each particular song. Also, being in a two guitar band allows me to write a simpler rhythm part for my rhythm player (who really is a great rhythm player, and a decent lead player to boot), and gives me a template to put a lead guitar over that to enhance that particular section.
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#13
I try to make it as simple as I can
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#18
My compositions are usually very complex. I write a lot of music with a Progressive feel to it. (Some of it just has smatterings of Progressive, some is Progressive as hell.) My most complicated songs are Thrash tunes. But I NEVER try to simplify my music. It's always complex. I get annoyed if it's not, half the time. In fact, I've been known to go back to old songs and change them to make them more complex, much to the annoyance of those I've preformed those songs for.
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#19
Depends. If a tune demands technically spazzery, then I'll add it.
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#20
I'd say its overly-symplistic. I love it though, but my guitarist thinks that Thrash Metal should be a guitar shredding genre and symplistic riffs are not allowed... Or suck ass... Though he has admited he likes some of my stuff he keeps saying he wants to write more technical stuff.

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#22
My main influences are punk and indie (plus, I'm a bassist) so my guitar parts are usually fairly simple.
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#24
It depends. My electric is really nothing special, but my playing style on acoustic is quite idiosyncratic. My songs aren't hard, it's I just doubt a lot of people could listen to a recording of one and then play it the same way I do.
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