View Full Version : kinda a newbie question, sorry

12-18-2005, 02:49 PM
I'm one of those annoying idiots who mainly plays bass, but dabbles in guitar enough to be okay at it.

Now, I've been to concerts where people say they wanted to make a say, jimi hendrix style song. Usually, they've failed horribly. Also, Guitar mags will often have something like "Clapton style riffs."
Is there some theory to composing a song styled after an artist?

I want to make a Jack Johnson-ish song, but it's proved harder than i thought.

Please discuss.

Anakin Skywalker
12-18-2005, 02:51 PM
Use similar modes/scales, and listen to the artist's phrasing a lot.

Animus Light
12-18-2005, 02:52 PM
You have to study what they do. Hendrix normally stuck to 12-bar progressions and used the blues scale.

You can study accenting techniques like a particular player likes to play legato a lot (say... Paul Gilbert and Allan Holdsworth) and another alt picks every note (Al Di Meola and John Petrucci)... You can study rhythmic techniques like where someone tends to accent, or if someone tends to add in a swing feel, or something of the sort.