When in a band, how do you handle writing credits? Does everyone just get their name on? Or is there a systematic way of figuring how who contributes the most?
Oh, I don't agree with that at all. Let's say I give a bass player a chord chart, just the chords. He'll come up with a bass line that works but that's his job. I wrote the music, the song has my name on it and that's it.Personally I think everyone should get some form of writing credits unless you sit there and read off a chart that's been provided to you by the "writer". Otherwise you're adding your own flavour and groove, and that's part of the song and you should be credited accordingly.
Yep I agree with you, sorry I wasn't completely clear.Oh, I don't agree with that at all. Let's say I give a bass player a chord chart, just the chords. He'll come up with a bass line that works but that's his job. I wrote the music, the song has my name on it and that's it.
Did I "write" that bass line? No. But there wouldn't be a song to put a bass line to if I hadn't written it. And believe me, if I'm not liking what the bass player's doing I'll keep letting him know until I'm happy.
Coming up with a drum part to a song is the same thing. The song exists, it has a melody, lyrics and chords, verse, chorus, all of that, and unless it was a collaborative work then the person who wrote the melody, lyrics and chords deserves sole credit for the song.
What you're describing here is a collaboration, and in such a case I'd say each contributor deserves credit, even the bass player if his contribution is crucial to the end result.Construct I see your point. How about this example:
Guitarist / singer come up with melody for a song that's in pieces. Drummer writes the rhythm and helps piece the song together, including when half-time, what to intro, when the band should hit all together. Bass fills in his part, singer, writes lyrics. Who here would get writing creds?