While this may appeal primarily to musicians and aspiring songwriters, the opinions of anyone who becomes structurally concious of a song are valid.
My particular song in question is Satisfaction by The Stones...most specifically, the songs' historic riff-an extremely simple three-note run which stands for everything magical about rock and roll guitar playing.
While the riff and it's cutting fuzz tone are, in themselves, enough to make any guitar-hero buff stand at attention, there's a bit more to it than that for me.
I always wondered why, the "coolness' of the riff notwithstanding, it never sounded "quite right" in Stones performances-especially the later ones (seventies and beyond).
The "secret", I discovered, lies-not only in the riff itself-but the combination of the chords and BASS NOTES behind it. Specifically, while the chords basically follow the E-D-A pattern of the riff, the bass goes to an A note when the riff and the chords go to a D; to the ear, this essentially turns the D chord into an Asus giving it an entirely differently feel from the live performances where everyone basically follows the E-D-A pattern.
This harmony type bass playing-something which oftentime has to be LISTENED for-is what I think gives the riff that extra "touch" of melodic specialness which, initially, is not realized by the listener.
I could be going a bit over the top with this but i was always fascinated by what makes a special song 'special"...and many times, it's within a very clever arrangement which is not instantly apparent.
if anyone has bothered to read this through, I'm very curious on your thoughts concerning this song and any others you've loved over the years for similar reasons.
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