In an acoustic singer-songwriter type song is it possible that the rhythm of a vocal run or vocal melody rhythm needs to be adjusted to fit the rhythm of the guitar better? I wrote some songs a while ago and I opened them up in my DAW and I hear certain vocal runs that fall in "odd" places over the chord changes and while the notes sound nice against the chord changes, there are some 16th notes in the guitar strum that don't really support the 16th note vocal run from a rhythmic perspective and it sounds like it doesn't work. I guess the question to ask is also, is there a place that vocal runs sound better over the guitar rhythm part or does anything go really so long as the melody works with the chord harmony?

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    Could you perhaps try to make this question more focused and succinct - and add some punctuation. A bit difficult to read/grasp, the way it is written right now. – Stinkfoot Jan 21 '18 at 23:28
  • Had another read and punctuation seems ok to me. Perhaps it is a difficult question? Do you sing and play guitar? – armani Jan 22 '18 at 8:11
  • This question is so broad as to be impossible to answer. I suggest finding your top few examples where you think it clashes and including them in the question. – MattPutnam Jan 23 '18 at 17:37
  • @MattPutnam ufile.io/wkihl please listen to the vocal run at the end of the phrase. The word sung is "behold". The run doesn't sync up with the guitar strum and kind of falls in between if that makes sense. The notes are right just the rhythm doesn't fit for me – armani Jan 23 '18 at 18:02

Because we get so caught up in the creative process of our compositions, sometimes we can 'over think' things and get too bogged down in the detail. I could hear no problem at all with your example. If the vocal line works on its own, as does the guitar accompaniment, and their combination does what you want harmonically, then it's all good!


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