Hope this is the right forum.
Anyway, listening to the stuff i've been writing as of late (if anyone is interested in taking a listen for critique purposes: MaruMartinez | Free Listening on SoundCloud) i've noticed a lack of cohesiveness between what i'm playing on guitar and the drum parts i wrote to go with them.
I've been trying to come up with drum grooves/beats first and then write riffs to them in the hopes of making both parts really lock in together. But this way i find i'm really dumbing down or narrowing my riffing ideas.
Any tips on how to develop this skill? I've just started learning drums so hopefully that'll help on writing more cohesive drum parts, but that'll probably wont happen for a while.
Do any of you struggle with this at all? Thank you!
Yeah it can be tough. The big thing to remember is that the song has a rhythmic underpinning, and you can trade off between the various instruments and how they telegraph that to the listener. Everybody doesn't have to play the same rhythm.
I listened to a minute or so of Empanada, and the guitar is really sending the rhythm signal of the song. So make sure that the accents in the drums don't take away from that. The most important thing is how the listener is carried back to the downbeat of "1" from the previous measure - don't let the drums confuse it.