Or are drums are Power unto Themselves? Go......
I've never written a song in my life but from what I've seen/ read from band interviews over the years is that 9 times out of 10 the guitarist comes up with the riff first and everything else about the song evolves form there?That's an interesting question, and I think it depends on one's perspective. In a band setting, a "vertical" (guitarist or bassist) may come up with a riff, and then I will put a beat to it which supports the riff. If I were writing the riff/song I would probably come up with a rhythm/feel for a riff and then create it around that rhythm/feel, but that's because I don't play another instrument. Ultimately they both have to work together regardless of which perspective it's coming from.
I'll buy that. I believe the song is the master of all the instruments, as it dictates what it needs. All instruments are created equal, right?Shouldn't it be the song and not particular instruments? Don't they (the instruments) work together to achieve a common goal?