Trolling About

Trolling About sample (0:38)

What its about

Trolls in a wood ... dancing

How it was written

During a period of mild writers block - wheres the next song going to come from? - was trolling about (pun intended) in the local library and found a book on music theory which suggested restricting yourself to 4 or 5 notes only as a practice exercise in songwriting. Couldnt think of anything better to do so decided to give it a whizz

Had this guitar riff already in mind: a standard 5 note blues pentatonic scale in Am

The riff can be played in a variety of positions (0:05)
Trolling About riff

And thats how the song got writ: using only 5 notes to experiment with whilst trying to keep the thing spartan (just guitar bass and drums) and still retain the slightly ponderous feel (theyre trolls after all: great lumbering elephantine beasts)

The main lesson learnt was that to write a song using fewer tools than normal you really have to try hard to integrate the instruments. As a guitarist, two things proved extremely useful: first, that the bass can carry a melody, it doesn't always have to be the piano or the guitar, and second how hard it is to write a good drum part