Originally Posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN
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.
I actually ment it in terms of playing with other people of various ability. A lot of times, especially when I was learning the rudiments, none of those types would condescend to playing with you...they were very exclusionary due to their snobbishness on the musicianship grounds.