Rusty the Scoob wrote:TONS of JGB songs start with Jerry setting both the tempo and feel, with the rest of the band including the drummer following his instructions.
Normally it's best to let the drummer set it, but you know... he's Jerry.
We might have read that quote differently. Yes, let Jerry set the tempo and feel but the drummer keeps the beat against what the lead line lays down
Rusty the Scoob wrote:Yes, but we're describing two different things. I'm talking in general terms, and I think he's describing how to get that particular Ramble On Rose bouncey lilting feel.
Much of what makes a phrase melodic is NOT being consistent with where you place your beats - you want to push or pull each note a little for emphasis. If you play a melody strictly on the beat it sounds robotic or computerized. In the GD, they played rhythmically loose enough that everybody (except maybe Billy) was free to be melodic whenever they wanted. Ramble On Rose is one of the best examples of this approach.