#1
We all talk about our theroy and our scales and chord progression, but it seems to me, well at least the music scene around me, the fellow musician's have forgotten their dynamics. I really think it's just the area that im in because, with the expection of a few bands, many are just doing power chords and doing penatonics up and down fast... I dont know were im going with this but is anyone else noticing thi?
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#2
I hear ya.

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#3
Yeah, I've been noticing that, too...
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The different ways you play the strings(sometimes lightly and other's louder or slightly building up) the use of slides and hammers and pull off's stuff like mainly im just disappointed in the all around lack of soul that people seem not to be into there music they just want to throw something together and get out there in play which isn't bad the fact that their trying is good but I just would like them to take some time and think about what your doing and why it works and what could make it sound better.
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#6
Like they just plug in and let it rip without any prior thought? I hear ya I think lots of times harmonies (in response to the power chord bashing) are more important and dynamics is HUGE
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#7
Its always hard to make good use of dynamics when your sound is being amplified. As most of today's music is amplified you wont hear good usage of dynamics or phrase marks (if theyre even known of these days).

I would say in respect to those bands who play powerchords all the time, let them do what they want. Maybe after time they will realise they are going nowhere and their music sounds the same, but maybe not, and theyll keep on churning out crappy music.
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#8
I will not tolerate powerchord bashing, so no more comments on that.

With dynamics.. You just have to look at the right bands/musicians. That's really all I have to say about it.
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I was talking about the bands in my area that only use power chords, i use power chords in my songs but that's not all i use, thats what im saying. I like to use power chords they're fun to play and they help build a basic song and can have awesome harmony.
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I will not tolerate powerchord bashing, so no more comments on that.

With dynamics.. You just have to look at the right bands/musicians. That's really all I have to say about it.


Agreed. You just have to look in the right places. But I know what the threadstarter is saying, because you will find that todays music scene doesn't have an abundance of it.

Just throw on some Smashing Pupmpkins and you're set though.
#11
My band director was talking about this a few days ago. He was saying that dynamics are what make classical music and if it's on the radio, you could lose that because they have to compress the sound. Then he went on talking about how modern bands have no dynamics.

I play with dynamics, sometimes I just think to myself "I'm gonna get real quiet". Maybe it's just because I play (clarinet) in a concert band.
#12
Just what Elven said, you have to look in the right place. You can find it, maybe not in all the popular music, but it is out there.
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Amp companies didn't include volume pedals with their amps.

I'm dead serious. If my amp, or any other, for that matter, came with a volume control pedal, I'd use dynamics.

As it is, it's pretty hard playing well while running back and forth from your amp adjusting volume, so the volume stays at a constant loud.

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Amp companies didn't include volume pedals with their amps.

I'm dead serious. If my amp, or any other, for that matter, came with a volume control pedal, I'd use dynamics.

As it is, it's pretty hard playing well while running back and forth from your amp adjusting volume, so the volume stays at a constant loud.


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#17
well i mean look at nirvana songs, mostly power chords but awesome songwriting. But powerchords can be repetitive if thats all your using.
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Has anyone heard of a volume pedal? Hopefully...
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#19
I totally agree. Playing guitar is not just about noise. It's about feeling what is being played around you and picking the notes to lead them, or in the case of rythym players, picking the right chords, notes and feel to go with it.
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lol exactly. i was reading that thinking, couldnt you just pick softer? i do that all the time. i always vary how i pick and play a solo. i just let what ever wants to come out, come out.
#21
^ Besides, it sounds better when you have good picking dynamics. Also a lot of people it seems are using compressors or other effects, and those just send your dynamics down the shitter. Having good dynamics is really satisfying with tube amp right on the edge of breaking up.
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#22
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Agreed. You just have to look in the right places. But I know what the threadstarter is saying, because you will find that todays music scene doesn't have an abundance of it.

Just throw on some Smashing Pupmpkins and you're set though.


^ Yes. Smashing Pumpkins is one of the best dynamic bands. And not all dynamics are about volume. There is still the use of articulations such as playing notes shorter, longer, accented notes. Doing dynamics is easy, but combine it with great rhythem and it will sound even better.

Actually, I've realised with most bands dynamics come from the drummer; the rhythem section in general, but most dynamics come from the drummer, seriously, go out and get a Smashing Pumpkins CD and listen to Jimmy play, you'll pick up a lot on dynamics.


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#23
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I think you'd be amazed at how much you can reduce the volume of your playing by turning down the volume of your guitar and picking lighter.

Besides, volume pedals were made for weird swells (like the intro to Metallica's Damge Inc.) rather than controlling dynamics through a whole song. I think controlling volume dynamics is probably harder with a volume pedal anyway.

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And not all dynamics are about volume. There is still the use of articulations such as playing notes shorter, longer, accented notes. Doing dynamics is easy, but combine it with great rhythem and it will sound even better.

Agreed.
#24
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lol exactly. i was reading that thinking, couldnt you just pick softer? i do that all the time. i always vary how i pick and play a solo. i just let what ever wants to come out, come out.

Well, that's a thought that never occurred to me.

Idiot I am and all.

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#25
I agree - dynamics are one of the most importnat parts of all music. By altering dynamics slightly a songs emotion can be changed immensley. I find myself often dabbling in the creation of instrumental acoustic songs that rely heavily upon dynamics and specific feelings to actually make it sound good.

I'm personally not much a fan of the use of powerchrods anymore - I mean I used them excessivley in my first three or fourth months of playing but then I learned barre chords and mvoed on to creating different voicings for generic chords. I find powerchords can be very useful sometimes, but most bands nowadays use the too much for my liking, and therefore I do not like most of today's mainstream music.

Though I do agree that you can find incredible use of dynamics while lsitening to specific bands.