#1
well my music class listend to some folk music today and i listen to jethro tull which is considered folk rock so i was wonderin if n e one knew some cool folk music i could play on bass or some hints to writing in folk.if u can help thanks and if not thats cool too.
#2
Listen to Bob Dylan. Particularity, his first 3 albums. If you listen to the album "Bringing All Back Home" Theres some good Folk Rock.
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Listen to Bob Dylan. Particularity, his first 3 albums. If you listen to the album "Bringing All Back Home" Theres some good Folk Rock.

Listen to this man. I saw him when I was like 12
#6
Go and listen to:

Runrig (early stuff)
Bob Dylan (early stuff)
Woody Guthrie
Pete Seeger
Pentangle
Mississippi John Hurt
Leadbelly

And, of course, any traditional stuff you can get a-hold of. That'll teach you all you need to know.
#7
folk music = 3 chords or so. sometimes some fingerpicking, but not too complex. Poetic, story-telling lyrics. Political and local conflicts are also good to write about. Music by Billy Bragg is a great thing to listen to as an alternative to Dylan and Guthrie.
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I'm a folk musician myself. I'd say for the best feel of it go listen to:

Dubliners
Show of Hands
Seth Lakeman
Kate Rusby

for more traditional Folk and:

Saw Doctors
Petebog faeries
Horace X
Oysterband

for more modern folk rock. Petebog/paetbog Faeries are folk trance music by the way. It's unreal!
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#11
If you wanna mix it up a bit listen to some Pogues (Folk-punk, whatever) and Devendra Banhart for some modern Freak-Folk. Bert Jansch solo is cool (Someone's already posted his band).

Oh, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel too.
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#12
Use a chord progression and struming/arpeggio style of the folk music your trying to imitate. Use suspeded chords to build up suspense. Remember that sus2 chords resolve best on minor chords and sus4 chords resolve best on major.

Melody is the main thing though (as in the melody you would sing). The only tip I could give you to writing a good melody would be to use bits and peices of melodies from other folk songs you think soung good.

Analyzing folk music is really the best way to write folk music.
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Quote by demonofthenight


Melody is the main thing though (as in the melody you would sing). The only tip I could give you to writing a good melody would be to use bits and peices of melodies from other folk songs you think soung good.



^ mmmhmm. Its all about the melody, and what you got to say, man!
#14
Quote by qotsa1998
folk music = 3 chords or so. sometimes some fingerpicking, but not too complex.

A musician like Doc Watson puts that statement to shame. There are some vastly complex pieces when folk music is played well.
#15
we have a really good folk scene where I live: here is a list of bands I know (they're not all local)

Capercallie
Blazin' Fiddles
Peatbog Fairies
The Levellers
Dubliners
Runrig
Oysterband

and of course theres all that aweosme folk metal...
I want to feel youre body breaking, and shaking, and
left in the cold,
I want to feel youre conscience making, a change to fix
this dying soul....
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Quote by qotsa1998
folk music = 3 chords or so. sometimes some fingerpicking, but not too complex. Poetic, story-telling lyrics. Political and local conflicts are also good to write about. Music by Billy Bragg is a great thing to listen to as an alternative to Dylan and Guthrie.


That's an EXTREMELY narrow minded view of folk music.

You probably already know folk music without knowing it - House of the Rising Sun? Whiskey In The Jar? Folk songs. Folk music is basically the music that existed before 'popular music', but in essence is just the popular music of it's day. Of course you get the 20th century folk musicians but thats only one side of the picture, and talking about folk music as '3 chords, sometimes fingerpicking, poetic, political music' is ridiculous and shows that you've probably only heard Bragg, Dylan and Guthrie as far as folk goes.
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