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Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby Hugh-AR » 05 Aug 2019 00:10

When we hear a song played it is often not just the melody we listen to, but the backing that goes with it. And if it's a song we know well then we know (or think we know) what the backing should sound like. Have a listen to this number from 1961 by Elvis Presley.

Good Luck Charm



This is a number that I have played, and true to form, I have put a backing to it that is very similar in it's structure. Here is my version of this song.

https://app.box.com/s/1ljbsof816bxitumjq4n2d7hkyh37quk

Have a listen now to how Jon D has interpreted this song. He has put it to a completely different rhythm and backing and put his own stamp on this song.

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https://app.box.com/s/87ksjexeumirx7gn5xp3akwkecr4iy9l

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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby dentyr » 06 Aug 2019 23:06

Hello Hugh,
Playing songs with different rhythm backings ...

First, listen to my song My Maggie as I would normally play it:

To listen, click the LINKS below. Click the 'back-button' to return to this page once you have listened.
00. My Maggie

And now listen to these DEMOS of how it sounds with the different rhythm backings:

01. My Maggie - Cha Cha DEMO
02. My Maggie - Disco DEMO
03. My Maggie - Eth Voice DEMO
04. My Maggie - Foxtrot DEMO
05. My Maggie - Polka DEMO
06. My Maggie - Quickstep DEMO
07. My Maggie - Rumba DEMO
08. My Maggie - Swing DEMO
09. My Maggie - Tango DEMO
10. My Maggie - Waltz DEMO

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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby Hugh-AR » 06 Aug 2019 23:35

Thanks Den for taking the trouble to do those DEMOS. This really does show how a song can be manipulated to fit whatever Rhythm Backing you wish to play for it. I think my favourite (apart from your original version, which sounds great) is the one with the 'Ethereal Voice'.

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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby dentyr » 07 Aug 2019 16:43

Why the song Maggie for these DEMOs? What is my connection with Maggie? Who is My Maggie? Click this LINK to find out ...

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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby Hugh-AR » 15 Sep 2019 12:56

JonD has played Ramona .. which is a waltz .. ???

Jim Reeves singing RAMONA (as a waltz)



Jon has played this to to 4/4 time, so he has had to 'adjust' the melody to fit a completely different timing, and improvise what he plays all along the way.

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https://app.box.com/s/oa2ayjraam8d7jn7d34k85xvj2quiq8u

But he is not the first person to have done this. Here are the Bachelors singing this .. in 4/4 time.



Funny thing is, I know both of these versions well .. but hadn't realised until today that one was 3/4 time and the other 4/4 time!

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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby Jon D » 15 Sep 2019 15:58

Hi there Hugh,
This is where I got this number from I met the bachelors at a top rank bingo hall when I played there nice guys like myself have disappeared off the globe don't know what has happened to them.?? :roll: :roll:

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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby Hugh-AR » 14 May 2020 15:18

And then of course you can play something and change the rhythm completely in the middle, as I have done in these two pieces below. Change of mood in the middle.

Red River Valley (Foxtrot? Twist?)
Do a right-click to open this up in a New Tab
https://app.box.com/s/x0g15m4toujmsfcmcxqg6qiz4ao7zkxu

Cruising Down The River (Waltz? Rock 'n Roll?)
Do a right-click to open this up in a New Tab
https://app.box.com/s/n7gix4hez0ezvcdosjx3b8h6jkwtdcqf

And then here's one by Torben, played with two completely different backings. Change of mood again.

Let It Go
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Re: Playing songs with different rhythm backings

Postby Hugh-AR » 20 May 2020 21:25

Here's my friend Jon D at it again playing what should be a Waltz ...
"played with that bounce beat to liven it up, I hope ??? :roll: :roll: :roll:

First, this is how this song should be played .. as a Waltz. To prove a point, don't forget to count 1, 2, 3 while it'e playing.

Roy Rogers - Home On the Range



Now listen to Jon D's version. You can try counting 1, 2, 3 if you like, but you'll come unstuck right from the word go. Count 1, 2, 3, 4 instead.

Home On The Range by Jon D

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https://app.box.com/s/kk1arfnf7ed51x8zf44avx5h32k99p0q

And then I have to ask, "Is Jon D unique doing something like this?". Well, no. Listen to Slim Whitman singing this song. Not with a 'bouncy' beat like Jon's, but when Slim starts singing the song you'll have to count 1, 2, 3, 4 to make any sense of it.

Slim Whitman - - - - - Home On The Range

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