I am really frustrated - there was a thread about a weird duet between someone like Tom Petty and an old time blues harpist, and they wanted to know how to write it out or tab it out, as it had a weird structure - either 15-bar, or some of the bars had 7 or 3 or 5 beats instead of 4, or maybe there were extra bars with 3 beats? I've gone back 40 pages, and I can't find it. I wanted to send the link to the YouTube video to a couple of friends to see what they thought of it. Anyone know what I'm talking about? ---------- Andrew. -----------------------------------------
Last Edited by Andrew on Dec 07, 2017 9:28 AM
There is a tradition of old tyme/traditional/folk tunes being what is called "Crooked tunes", which means that they are driven by the melodic line which doesn't correspond to our Western music "feel" of even numbered measures to the 'verse'....the melodic line itself dictates how many measures, and sometimes it may be "X" number of measures with an incomplete measure tacked on somewhere.
One can find the best examples of this type of melodic line in Slavic folk songs - in the early 20th century, Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok ventured into the small villages with a tape recorder to archive these types of tunes that are passed down through generations - learned by ear - never written down in Western Civilization notation. (These guys used ideas gathered here in orchestral compositions).
Also, some of the ODBG blues guys who were used to playing solo wouldn't stick with a metric format, but change chords when the mood struck them in the moment. Bands like Canned Heat, when recording with someone like John Lee Hooker would have to keep their eyes on him and their ears open for his particular changes...
So, this happens quite a lot actually. One just has to search out artists who do this...I can tell you this, though. Those type of songs will never make it to the Pop top 40, as trying to sing and/or dance along will tie you in knots when that "crookedness" makes itself known! ---------- The Iceman
I just counted this one out for the first time. (I didn't before because I didn't like it)
It's a 15-bar blues, consisting of 3x5 bars. And a two and a half bar intro with anacrusis as well!
I think it smacks of pedantry, not crookedness, and I blame JW (whilst being completely prepared to be told I'm wrong and it's a 100% attested historical tradition). After all, the form didn't thrive and survive, so I'm not the only one who didn't like it!
Otoh, most of what I don't like about it is in the clunky, pedantic drumming. If it were some old blind guy sitting on his porch, I might feel differently about it.
There's a country-tradition of insanely random bar lengths. That's a different thing. I forget what it's called. ---------- Andrew. -----------------------------------------
Last Edited by Andrew on Dec 07, 2017 11:29 AM