#1
ok so i just started a new band with a bunch of instruments. and we need some good songs (originals) that people can get up and dance too. now iv taken music theory classes and what not. but never in any of them have we talked about what makes a song do that. regee is good because of the bass line. but is that all that it is in the other types of music too. you all know what i mean by a song that gets people moving. but i was just thinking are their certain mixtures of major and minor or certain chord progressions besides 1-5-1-4-5exc that work well? hopefully we can get some talk going on this and come to some kind of a conclusion.
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#3
I think it has far more to do with rhythm than the melodic side of music theory.

Get a good, solid drum beat and built from there, always thinking about the rhythm.
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I think it has far more to do with rhythm than the melodic side of music theory.

Get a good, solid drum beat and built from there, always thinking about the rhythm.


Agreed, most dance music i've listened to has a steady drum beat all the way through. Try to avoid unusual time signatures as well I think, that could throw people off.
#5
Pshh, I love dancing to 7/4.

Just listen to songs that you feel like you can dance to, then take the common attributes in all those songs and make sure to keep them in your originals.
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#6
The only thing I can suggest is that you have it in 4/4 timing.
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#7
for instruments well its a long list. but there are 7 of us. 5 know guitar 2 know bass 2 drums 3 piano 5 sing 1 banjo 1 mandolin 1 trumpet. some people know more than 1 instrument in case you couldn't tell. but good drum beat and i noticed that the guitar tends to be fill and its more the bass that you dance too. is this true?
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#8
It's very drum and bass driven.
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ok so i just started a new band with a bunch of instruments. and we need some good songs (originals) that people can get up and dance too. now iv taken music theory classes and what not. but never in any of them have we talked about what makes a song do that. regee is good because of the bass line. but is that all that it is in the other types of music too. you all know what i mean by a song that gets people moving. but i was just thinking are their certain mixtures of major and minor or certain chord progressions besides 1-5-1-4-5exc that work well? hopefully we can get some talk going on this and come to some kind of a conclusion.


Its not about the chord progression, its about the beat. The best thing to do is listen to some dance music. You might even want to steal a beat or 2 and try to write around that. The actual chord progressions are more or less irrelevant.
#10
look at Eagles of death metal, they have the sort of music you can dance to, see what they do and see if you can pinch part of that spark
#11
Solid, tight drum beat, heavily accented. Lots of bass.
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#12
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The only thing I can suggest is that you have it in 4/4 timing.
What about 3/4 for waltzes? Who here hasn't wanted to grab a girl/guy and dance upon hearing the sacred 3/4?

4/4 is generally good for that annoying looking rave party style dancing.
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