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Some questions for my musically inclined friends.

My brain has started writing again, not a bad thing, and the story it's decided to latch on to is one that has been wandering around my head for many years. The original idea came to me well before I moved from Brisbane to Melbourne (the story is set in Brisbane as a result), and back then I probably was up with music enough to know the things I want to know.

Unfortunately, nowadays I don't keep up with music anywhere near enough so I'm really not sure of a number of things.

In the story, a group get together to form a band (rather cliché, I know). The type of music I envision them playing is somewhere in the prog rock to heavy rock spectrum. I have a lot of Muse in my music collection (blame Sim) and I've been listening to them a bit lately, and that's along the lines of what I'm thinking of. My first question is, what else should I be listening to, and also, what have they been listening to, to get them into playing that style in the first place?

At one point in the story, the protagonist tries out for the band as lead vocals, and wants to impress. He's got the talent, he knows what they want, and he really wants to be part of this band. What song would he choose to sing? As I said, he's got the talent and the voice and all the rest. What one song should he do to make the rest of them realise that he's the one they want?

My final quest is one of band composition. The band will end up being eight people. I know there are 2 drummers (don't ask), a keyboard player, and the protagonist will be lead vocals and will probably play some instruments at times. What other instruments/roles should be in the band? There will probably be a lead guitar and a base guitar, but what else? (There will actually be a ninth member, but he'll end up being the manager, etc, not because he's not musically talented, but because he's still new at all this.)

If this ends up getting written and if it ends up getting published, etc, anyone who helps out will probably end up in the acknowledgements, and probably even a signed copy, etc. There's a lot of ifs there, but that's writing for you. :)

Big thanks in advance if you can help.

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delwyn
Apr. 10th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm assuming you've glanced at the Wikipedia page on Prog Rock?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prog_rock

Definitely check out Rush, dunno if they're what you're looking for, but can't ignore them when looking at early prog
reynardo
Apr. 10th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
Prog? King Crimson; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Sky; Rick Wakefield; Yes... Actually, I'm going to point a friend at this. Even if he did win the pointy thing for synthpop. Paging waitingman!
waitingman
Apr. 10th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
Looking to sing & play at the same time? Then something relatively simple from the much-maligned genre... 'Lucky Man' from the first Emerson, Lake & Palmer album, or 'And You And I' by Yes... though maybe not all of it... it's about 10 minutes long!

Something a bit heavier? '46 & 2' by Tool... or delve into Dream Theater if you dare (or can stand the overblown virtuosity & pretension). Maybe a version of 'No Quarter' by Led Zeppelin ~ not strictly Prog, but not exactly rock'n'roll either

If you're just singing & the band is relatively together, test them out with '21st Century Schizoid Man' by King Crimson... & make sure they can all play the fast parts in unison... or try 'In The Cage' by Genesis to make the keyboard player sweat a little

All Prog bands need something a little ridiculous in instrumentation ~ Jon Anderson's harp, Ian Anderson (no relation) playing flute on one leg (maybe it's something about the surname Anderson), Rick Wakeman's caped costumes or Keith Emerson's knives-out- approach to the Hammond organ... So maybe do a hurdy-gurdy rendition of 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' to stand out from the crowd...
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