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Re: Trouble Thinking of Loops Beyond the Initial Loop
Elmer Fuddski wrote:
> Total Block! Total Block! (from House of 1000 Corpses).
> I keep coming up with pretty good/interesting loops (guitar and drum
> backing) with my RC-50. But, I can't seem to develop a corresponding
> "verse" to the initial loop structure (following a somewhat standard
> song structure).
> Any ideas to help the creative juices flowing from this esteemed group
> of musucians?
If your "verse" were merely named the "A section," then you could free
your mind from totally formal song structures, if you so desire. Now
you can go to a "B section" with a little less trepidation regarding its
content. Less trepidation will help unblock your thoughts.
One trick for your B section would be to change something from the A
section. For example, change the key. If "A" is in a major key, go to
the parallel minor key (same tonic) or to the relative minor key (down a
minor third). Or go up a full step.
If "A" is in a minor key, one of my favorite modulations is down a half
step to a major key. Both keys share the exact same note for their
third degree. Example: "A" is in Am. It's third degree is C.
Modulating to Ab for the "B" section, or second loop, keeps C as the
There are lots of other modulations that are possible. Use one of them
for your next loop or next song.