If I want to cover some songs, I don't want cover it like the original one. Then, I need some refreshment on my cover version right?
What can I do to make it more interesting? What are the techniques?
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When you have a cover song, what defines it is the melody. Two songs may have similar chord progressions, textures, and accompaniment, but the melody is truly what separates them. As long as you don't mess with the melody, you can do almost anything. Dr Mayhem listed a few, and I'll list a few more:
If you don't know how to start, there are many examples of cover songs being rearranged. A very good example is "Blinded by the Light" was written by Bruce Springsteen, but the way more popular version is by Manfred Mann. Another good example is "Imagine" is written by John Lennon, but A Perfect Circle did a very different arrangement of it. There are a lot more, but this should get you started on what is possible.
Dr Mayhem gives you loads of great ideas here. I can't really add much. But, as a counterpoint to his answer, I would say you need to think about what you don't change when doing a cover of a song.
This might seem really obvious, but often you can work out what is most important about a song by trying to strip it back to absolute basics. A great song will often work well sung with strummed acoustic guitar, even if the original was a massively overdubbed recording; and often a less good song won't work this way!
Sure, there is usually a hierarchy of important elements to retain, usually in this order: lyrics, vocal melody, chords (harmonic structure), prominent riffs etc. But sometimes there are other interesting little musical ideas that really add a lot of character to a song; a drum fill here, a strumming rhythm there, something in the bass line, or maybe an unexpected chord. It's fun to see how many of the "important" elements of a song can be changed (or even left out!) without losing the song's identity; equally it's fun to "amplify" those little interesting ideas to make them bigger features (there's a parallel with sampling here, I guess).
By stripping things back, you leave space for your own ideas...
A simple shortlist of obvious ways to make it at least different (which may mean more interesting) is:
But you can also look at more complex changes, such as altering your chords - moving from major to minor, or replacing chords with their 7th etc - these will totally change the tonal qualities of the song.
Once you get proficient at this, you can pretty much change everything - it is all up to you.