Well we're practicing tomorrow night at the College, Marc has another few ideas to share, and its our first practice in 2007 with our string section (cello and violin) Sarah and Clare, we're currently looking to recruit a keyboard/synth player for the group, in a bid to make our sound even more lush and orchestral, we're trying out new players in February. I've been listening alot to bands like Low, Wilco and the Wrens, good artists to check out if you like alt-country tinged indie pop.
This has given me a few ideas on the guitar, if you start by placing a capo on say the third fret of a guitar (it gets a bit technical for those who don't play guitar) and play open barr chords, I've found a really good chord sequence almost straight away which you can add piano/synth to straight away because it's a repetitive phrase. I'll try and record some music to demonstrate this later on.
I was in the Sage (where I work mostly) down in the Music Education Department and for a while I've been playing on the piano's there and I've been trying out a few ideas, I completely improvised a song you can hear on this blog called 'Never Let This End', its a bit of a sad one but one that I hope we can add lots to. There was this other idea that is the complete opposite which I'll record later, it sounds a bit like T-Rex in the key of C with a basic bass phrase accompaniment. With these ideas I basically was just experimenting with different chords on the piano, I can't actually play piano that well at all, don't know any chord positions besides G and C, maybes later on I'll get piano lessons, I find it a really soothing instrument to play. More updates later! as I try and record some guitar ideas down.