OK, need a head's up so I can practice this: the basic technique for fitting a tune to a beat. Take, for example, Red Red Wine. UB40 did it as a reggae song. I've heard it as a blues ballad, a pop song, even a neo-rave track!
Imagine you've got the basic drums-rhythm set up for several different styles. How do you then go about fitting the right part of the melody to the right part of the beat so it still 'sounds right'? (Another example is Galloping Home from Black Beauty - there's an awesome rave version on YouTube)
Basically, any info on changing rhythms and fitting tunes to rhythms, on-beats/offbeats, how to make a tune/rhythm 'sit right' together would be greatly appreciated. All info will be practiced!
Note: I'm not looking for info on how to use a drum machine, but how to fit the music to the rhythm afterwards.