What makes country guitar sound 'country'??
I've been lurking around the 'Kompoz' site recently - I really like the idea of random sharing and collaboration of ideas...
Spent a bit of time working on this project:https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/670226/file/772639
The original poster put up some lyrics which he'd sung (with only a drum track backing).
I took these and edited them (heavily) with Melodyne and built a track around them - great fun as a project (both musically and technically). He wanted the final track to be sung by a female, so I didn't worry about moving the key up significantly - which inevitably makes his vocals sound a little 'smurf like' :)
Anyway, I was relatively happy with my rough demo - I'm no guitarist (I'm a drummer!) but I put together some guitar parts which I thought sounded OK-ish.
The response (which I don't disagree with) was that it wasn't very 'country' sounding - and he wanted it to sound more like this track:https://www.kompoz.com/music/listen/release/765454
Which again, I totally agree is far more 'Country' than mine. Obviously it sounds significantly better due to 'proper' vocals, but I'm trying to analyse the guitar parts (and other arrangements) to understand 'what makes it more country' ??
From my perspective, the track I worked on was much faster (and remember the original vocals were sung to a fast drum beat at that tempo) - so I tended towards a different type of country sound - more along these lines:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuBoUHU_UFk
I didn't put any rock and roll piano in mine (as the original poster had commented on a previous suggestion that he didn't like the piano so much).
I'm not offended or concerned about the feedback I got - but I would be grateful for any other opinions about the tracks.
I'm never going to be a great guitarist, but I would like to do some more 'country' stuff, so any thoughts on how to make my parts 'more country' would be appreciated.
I love Country Music (I listen to a lot of Big and Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flats, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban etc.) - but find it hard to 'define' what makes a track 'country'..... Apart from any fiddle / banjo / pedal steel parts!
Any thoughts / comments greatly appreciated....