I'm all for the AABCDEEFBCG approach (or AABCAA'DEAA''FG or something along those lines).
If we've got one or two riffs, and everyone tries to do something with those, we could layer some of them together and make an AA'BB'A''A'''...
Not trying to be mr. Killjoy by getting all thechnical here, but before we start jamming and sharing ideas, shouldn't we first see if people are uncomfortable with certain keys?
Mostly winds tend to be tuned into other keys, meaning that a C on that instrument is in reality a completely different note, and I've been told that some keys are nearly impossible to play in on certain instruments.
Does somebody has some more insight on what's best playable on which instrument?
Guitar and Bass should be able to play in any key (but are most comfortable when classical tuned in scales from F (with Bb) to A (F#, C#, G#). Keyboard... I don't know, Eb (Bb, Eb, Ab) to A (F#, C#, G#) maybe?
I can do the math, but I don't have the experience working with other instruments.
If I'm making things too complicated, just say so. But it would be a shame if we should come up with a nice drumtrack, groovy basslines and funky guitarsriffs in our favorite E minor, just to find out that it's a real pain in the ass for all the other musicians to play something over that.
scrt_rbt_agnt wrote: what methods will you be using to record? i'd like to know what programs and file types we're going to be dealing with here. mixing an mp3 into a wave can sound... sort of crappy. if everyone has the ability to record to wav or other lossless formats this could be a lot easier.
I have some descent microphones, or I can connect the output of my amp into my soundcard, or I can record with my looper pedal and copy the wav-file, ... And I normally use Audacity for sound editing, so I can give you wav, ogg, mp3, Audacity projects, ...