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July 5, 2011 10:28 AM Subscribe
I'd love your recommendation for songs my very
amateur band can cover. Some criteria inside.
posted by Admiral Haddock to media & arts (30 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Some friends and I have started jamming--fantastic fun, and a terrible racket. We have a drummer who played in high school some 20 years ago; a bass player who started lessons over the spring, I think; a female singer/guitarist who picked up guitar over the winter (I don't know whether she's had singing lessons, but she can belt 'em out); and me. I've been playing guitar for 18 years or so, blissfully unencumbered by lessons or technique. I can play through most songs, often (but not always) by ear, and I can hammer out a solo or good riff from a song--but I'm no improviser, so I'm not making up anything new. We all have room to grow in our musical ability, to be sure.
So far we've played some rockabilly by Wanda Jackson, and Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes, something by the Ramones, and probably a couple other things I can't quite remember. It's always fun, but we do best with things we all know (or at least have heard), and that are not too challenging (i.e., taking into account that 50% of our members have been playing for no more than 6 months or so).
I think it's safe to say that we're all on the indie spectrum. I listen almost exclusively to Britpop (always have, always will), but my bandmates are more widely traveled in the indieverse. Stuff like the Clash (I'm thinking Should I Stay or Should I Go, but haven't proposed that to the group), Bowie, the Ramones, would all be great candidates for us. Matchbox 20, Creedence, Brooks and Dunn, or whatever, would be entirely out and cause the band to break up.
Can you recommend any good, easy songs for us to cover along those lines? Bonus points if there is something more meaty for me to try to work on (riff, solo), since I'm not at the point where I would just make one up.