Hello all. I've recently started recording riffs and ideas again. Problem is, while I find it super easy to work out a wicked metal riff, I don't really enjoy it. In fact, I like straight ahead rock, clean, brit rock stuff to play. And funk. I love the funk.
I've found that I can write a nice, upbeat poppy bass line and underlay it with guitar chords. It's fairly sparse - nothing wrong with that, that's funk, but I'd like to throw in a little more harmonic excitement, particularly on more moody songs, which suit more complex chords and voicing. Enter...
... An example - you'll have to pardon my total lack of musical knowledge here, but if I play a modified f sharp minor chord followed by a modified a major chord, it sounds great (arpeggio ftw). However, because they're both very strong root notes, they won't resolve and they don't lead to anything exciting outside of the 2 chords.
I normally just play my way out of stuff like this, but this 2 chord thing has really caused me trouble. I've been working on it for a few days now and still have no idea of where I want to be next! I've tried to be subtle and I've tried to be bold but it always seems to lose the plot.
Maybe this is a lost cause. Maybe I should stick to funk.