JimmyStradlin33
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#1
I need all your help on this, what would you define as the characteristics of a classic rock song? And i don't mean like must be written between 1960 somthing and 1980 something i mean in reference to things like structure, subjects etc and i know it's a very wide ranging genre but just give me your thoughts on it
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#2
they're usually fairly simple in structure, and a lot of them just use chords I IV V, and the pentatonic scale for soloing
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#3
You could as well ask about the structure of music in general.^^
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its usually written between 1960 an 1980


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Hey blue strat whereabouts you from in cheltenham? I'm from stroud myself
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#7
Theyre usually just songs by rock bands of that time aren't they?
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Well the main difference I think of is the focus on the hook of a song. If you ask someone to hum a recent song, chances are they'll hum you the vocal melody. In today's music, the focus is all on the vocals/vocalist. All of the other instruments just play power chords. It's stupid. (Yes, I know some of you could give me plenty of examples otherwise, but for the most part, the musical nature of today's music is ...not very musical). But classic rock - it's more about everyone on all instruments having talent. Like...when you hum The Ocean, you hum the guitar. Walk This Way, the drums (and guitar). I know this is an answer that says basically nothing, but classic rock was just so much more about the MUSIC than today's music is.
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#9
^^^ kinda between pitville and whaddon (yay, whaddon! :P)
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Well the main difference I think of is the focus on the hook of a song. If you ask someone to hum a recent song, chances are they'll hum you the vocal melody. In today's music, the focus is all on the vocals/vocalist. All of the other instruments just play power chords. It's stupid. (Yes, I know some of you could give me plenty of examples otherwise, but for the most part, the musical nature of today's music is ...not very musical). But classic rock - it's more about everyone on all instruments having talent. Like...when you hum The Ocean, you hum the guitar. Walk This Way, the drums (and guitar). I know this is an answer that says basically nothing, but classic rock was just so much more about the MUSIC than today's music is.



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seems like music was ''cleaner'' then, if u get what im saying. You could hear every single instrument, every single guitar part. where as now atleast the songs i hear its all distorted together no significant parts, no guitar solos worth mentioning. i mean u think classic rock and the bands sound nothing alike. like say Bob seger and ac/dc but its still classic rock.
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#12
I find it hard to hear the bass guitar in most of todays music, it seems they mix it so that you don't hear it anymore.
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#13
It's funny. All it took was 8 posts to turn this simple question of "how were Classic Rock songs built?" into "OMFG, new music sucks".

Classic Rock songs basically took the basic and made them grand (and loud). Simple structures, simple rhythms, accessible lyrics, etc.
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Soaring vocals + incendiary guitar + driving bass + manic drumming = Classic rock song.
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#17
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^^^ kinda between pitville and whaddon (yay, whaddon! :P)
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#18
wouldn't it be where there's a part of the song that everyone recognises, be it melody, riff, solo, etc?

for instance, most people wouldn't recognise planet caravan, but they'd know paranoid or iron man
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