I have a confession: I've written very few complete songs. I have a bunch of melody, chord and lyric snippets written down or recorded, but I've completed maybe 3 of them in the past 10 years. I can't seem to get the hang of transitioning between parts and arranging the song as a whole.
For example, I've been working on a light prog/space rock piece, I have chords for the verse and chorus parts, I have lyrics (mostly) written, and I have vocal melodies written. I'm aiming for a sound in this genre:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms0aZanwee0]YouTube - Lana Lane - Night Falls[/VIDEO]
Sounds like I've got almost the whole thing, right? I can play it on the acoustic guitar, and it's OK, but I'd like to arrange it for a full rock band. I can play electric guitar, bass, a bit of drums, keys, etc, but I can't for the life of me sit down and record anything that involves more than acoustic guitar and vocals and have it sound good. I'm not talking tone or production, just organization, etc.
Mostly just venting, but if anyone has any suggestions on how to turn a 'singer/songwriter' style demo into a full rock band arrangement, I'm all ears.
Just think in layers. You have the kick drum and bass holding down the low end, guitar in the middle, and keys if you have it switching going anywhere you want it to go, and any other wind or string instrument (violin, sax, etc,) just put in sonically where it fits and adjust accordingly. Example: If you wanted a bari sax in a group, you could potentially get rid of your bass player if you also have a piano player that can help with the low end. Having two guitar players can buff up the mid range sound if you find that it's lacking.