I'm trying to fully understand the concept that "Counterpoint" entails... but I can't seem to think any situation in which a counterpoint is not present on a song/piece/whatever.
If counterpoint is the technique to independently manage voices maintining a harmonious sound (in most cases), when is this technique not being used? I think a good example of NOT-counterpoint would help me out.
I'm guessing (for what I've read on the internet) that the first example for this would be a simple song in which there's a singer with a melody line, and a guitar strumming some chords on the first accent of each bar, for example. But I don't get why is this not a counterpoint case? Is it because it's not the same instrument managing the different voices? Is it because the chords do not count as "another melody line"? And if that's the case, then... what if the singer is doing his melody line and beneath that, a bassist is playing another melody line (harmoniously coherent). Would that count as using the counterpoint technique?