Originally Posted by Hogan11
There's nothing wrong with any of that at all as long as they're just as cool about playing three chords all night as they are about their "complexity".
Unfortunately....I've never encountered one of those guys that was.
Three chords all night?
I dunno, man....
Like I said, I'm not a big fan of complexity for its own sake, but there's such a thing as too little
complexity or variation.
The three basic elements of music are melody, harmony, and rhythm.
Of these three elements, rhythm is probably the strongest - which is why a great blues or rock band with a jumpin' rhythm section can keep people on the dance floor all night with little more than the three chords you mentioned.
However, as a musician with a trained ear, there has to be a certain amount of variety in the other two areas for me to stay interested.
I realize this is just my personal aesthetic and that it probably doesn't represent the majority of people who listen to popular music.