#1
I don't mean copying I mean letting a band influence your style. I want to sound a bit like Dance Gavin Dance and some other bands, but i'm trying to mainly focus on DGD now. So i was wondering is it better to learn all of their songs with tabs (wich is much quicker) or should I figure them out by ear (takes much longer for me)?
btw Will Swan is sick, does anyone know if he got some other material up somewhere besides all the dgd songs? I can't find anything
#2
Listen to their music.
Learn their music
Analyze it and learn how they construct their songs.

Find out who their influences are.
Learn their music
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I don't mean copying I mean letting a band influence your style. I want to sound a bit like Dance Gavin Dance and some other bands, but i'm trying to mainly focus on DGD now. So i was wondering is it better to learn all of their songs with tabs (wich is much quicker) or should I figure them out by ear (takes much longer for me)?
btw Will Swan is sick, does anyone know if he got some other material up somewhere besides all the dgd songs? I can't find anything


I think learning by ear is the better option when trying to be heavily influenced by an artist. Also, when writing songs a good idea is to study that band's style; how they use dynamics, their style and use of riffs and melodies
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Listen to their music.
Learn their music
Analyze it and learn how they construct their songs.

Find out who their influences are.
Learn their music
Analyze it and learn how they construct their songs.


this. in particular see what chords they use, do your best to understand their harmonic language and then write using this. also look at their dynamics, textures etc, everything that comes into their music.

it won't work exactly always, i mean i could look at a band and say ok they use: X harmonic language, such and such dynamics, their average song is 5.4 minutes long. i could give that to someone and say write a song and i'd put money on it not sounding remotely like the original band, but as long as you understand their language, it should be a good basis to compose similar music.

edit: look at their rhythm, this will really be important in composing similar music.
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#6
learning by ear is good, because it helps internalyze the music better. take it slow, be patient and try to avoid getting frusterated--take breaks if neccesary.
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I don't mean copying I mean letting a band influence your style. I want to sound a bit like Dance Gavin Dance and some other bands, but i'm trying to mainly focus on DGD now. So i was wondering is it better to learn all of their songs with tabs (wich is much quicker) or should I figure them out by ear (takes much longer for me)?
btw Will Swan is sick, does anyone know if he got some other material up somewhere besides all the dgd songs? I can't find anything



learn some of there stuff obviously,listen to there stuff all the time,dont try to hard,over time the influence will come in without u realising it and it will probably be from other people comments on your music
#9
Yup, by ear is probably better as you also get those undertones/phrasing that is so important.
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