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shirleythewerewolf
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Post Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:41 pm

Besides babysitter and mediator during fights lol, my job in my band Treadkill Red is not only writing my own parts, but coming to practice with at least 5 new songs ideas. It's a 3 peice metal band, and our little assignments is coming to practice with new ideas. Frequently, I have guitar ideas that are built around a drum beat I've dreamed up. It works out very well. Also, I'm the one that books gigs.
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Post Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:23 pm

besides drum i help come up with idead for our songs & i also come up with song titles
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Post Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:08 pm

i write some of the songs, (for all 4 instruments) help modify current ones, but mostly just rock out behind the kit!
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Post Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:12 pm

In all my bands I've always kind of taken care of the business end of things (setting up shows, promoting those shows, finding times to practice, setting up for recording, etc.). As far as music goes, I used to play the drums along with whatever everyone else was writing and then, if they wanted to change it but didn't know how, I'd give them some ideas and explain a little theory to them (drum theory, meaning teaching everyone else about time signatures, changing tempos, polyrythms, etc.).

With one of the bands I'm in now, though, I know a lot more about the technical side of the music (we're doing a lot of strange time signatures, changing time signatures, and polymetric and polyrhythmic stuff). So the guitarist will come in with something new, I'll write a beat to fit it, and then both of us will give each other ideas on how to arrange it with the rest of the song, or how to change it up a little. I'm also learning guitar and bass, and since we don't have a bass player, I write the bass lines for the stuff he plays. This is the most fun I've ever had in a band.
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Post Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:41 pm

I write half the music, my role is just as important as the guitarists and bassist. Plus up until we got signed to Imagine It Records, Dead Horse Management and the Chamberlain Agency I did all the booking, websites, promoting, myspacing and everything else but the other half of the writing. lol.

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Post Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:47 am

In my band, Trip Adams, I actually do a lot of the singing, structuring, and even riff writing at times. We compose songs as a band and I have an equal part. It always feels good to be appreciated even though we all know that we're the foundation of any song/band. No good drummer, no good band....
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:30 am

I'm the drummer in our band, but i also make my opinion extremely clear if i dont like a riff or a breakdown. because if i cant get into what im playing, then whats the point? and i'm usually right about what does and doesnt fit in a song, or how repeptitive something gets
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:46 am

i write the drum parts, the lyrics, the time signatures, and the structure to the songs (like i decide whats going to happen in the next part of the song n the guitarist tries to wirte that) i come up with the little fancy parts to songs. :P
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:55 am

Drums, arrangements, promotion, musician referral, sober entity, driver, gear transport, etc......
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:06 am

me and my bassist work together on all the songs we done, writing and what not. me and him are the foundation of the band, the guitarists just adds the riff to what we come up with then we all write lyrics together
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:02 am

Since I play lefty I don't have to worry about the firedrill on instruments but the Guitarist and Bassist do switch off for a couple of songs.

I can play Guitar a little but play the Bass a lot better but I do not pick them up at all, not because I am not allowed too, if anything I am encouraged too but I really just want to play drums.

Everyone brings ideas to the table. The singer usually brings lyrics and riffs (he plays guitar but does not want to play it on stage, go figure) and song titles. The Guitarist and Bassinst brings riffs and stuff. The keyboardist usually waits until there is something already being worked on before saying something.

Me? I am the assembler. I bring drums beats and song ideas but most of the time I am putting beats to the riffs being thrown around and suggesting what should go before what. I usually end up creating the bridges because I will say something like, "Ok lets take that riff and then do this and then use that other riff...".

Whenever I throw out a beat to a riff or song idea it always changes the idea a little bit. So by reaction I guess I can say I am writing other instrument parts. The guys are always saying, "We gotta wait until Scott puts the beat down and then we'll know what is going on."

I have to say that when it comes to giving credit for writing there are NO EGOS. I am smart enough to know that I am not actually writing other instrument parts but we all are always giving credit to each other for writing and inspiration for the changes that make an average idea great. I am always getting credit for how my drum beats change things and take the song in a direction no one knew was there. It is very gratifiying to hear.

All this talking about writing stuff makes me want to jam.. :-)
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:36 am

well in my band we all try to divide all the outside banda stuff like internet, shows, etc..
and as far as music goes we all try to pich in onthe arangments, giving Ideas for transitions and such,
the bass playe and the singer write most of teh liricks, but I have writen a few songs also.
and I might start doing back vocals soon also
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Post Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:00 pm

I've helped out with lyrics, arrangement, and I also sing harmony, but not being anything but a singing drummer (so far I only know a few chords and scales on guitar/ piano) I let the other guys in the band come up with the melodies, because I haven't gotten past the point of being able to play anything but standards on guitar.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:59 am

I write the lyrics, I do all the arranging and occasionally write a bass line or two. I also come up with melodies on piano for guitar sometimes. If I knew how to play guitar I'd probably contribute more riffs but I haven't had the time to learn it. I'm lucky in that my bandmates are concerned with playing music and not having a pissing match over who's the star of the band.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:39 pm

I personally never learned how to play the guitar and I can't sing for shit, but for a reason. I'm a drummer not a percussionist. Percussionists are the type of musician that can play the drums and knows how to play music with more than one pitched note.

Here a few jokes for you:

Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?
A: A drummer.

Q: What do you call a drummer who's lost his girlfriend?
A: Homeless.

Drummers don't produce music for a reason. Example Phil Collins.