Math Rock

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by mw, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. mw


    Jul 24, 2000
    can anyone share some tips on songwriting (basslines as well as traditional guitar) for 'math rock' styles? (dare i call it a genre?)

    i know a good amount of traditional theory, so feel free to throw any of that at me if it helps in communicating...

    any help is sincerely appreciated
  2. grovest


    Feb 26, 2002
  3. vade700


    Jan 12, 2012
    writing math rock riffs i believe takes just one thing, and that is varying time signatures. I believe that is the one unifying quality due to the nature of the genre (which is to simply sound however you want to sound without boundaries) i think the easiest way at first is to simply play a riff in 4/4 groove to it and then add or subtract a beat here and there and just twist and morph the timings until you have something that is not necessarily intricate but just grooves in an untraditional way perhaps.... honestly i think what all math rockers should strive to write is riffs that are in odd time signatures yet most people would mistake for 4/4 i believe above all that is a very difficult skill to train