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Unformatted text preview: Christopher Lalos Rock Music History Final Review April 18, 2008 Styles 1. Tin Pan Alley a. Love songs with 40 to 50 words Unrequited love with sardonic overtones, clever wordplay, title of the song used as much as possible 32 measure AABA Microphones Belter to crooner 2. Country Blues a. Sung in plain language rough/harsh sounding vocals: sometimes intentionally meant to be misunderstood, prolific use of blues notes and melismatic turns Use of the slide or bottleneck guitar lyrics reflect life of the singer: some bluesmen mixed aspects of the blues and gospel singer with or without accompaniment slide guitar style: bottleneck reliance on riffs 3. Urban Blues a. Bluesy jazz style: 12 bar blues form becomes consistent, jazz instrumentation: vocals, rhythm section and horns, lead instruments were horns and piano, acoustic guitar wasnt loud enough 4. Jump Blues a. Performing style consists of boogie woogie, blues, and jazz Boogie woogie: 1930 blues base piano style: influenced by stride piano players like James P. Johnson walking bass line prominent aspect of jump blues style: 2 measure (8beat) riff/pattern performed by the bass player and pianist, outlines 12 bar blues harmonic progression/chord progression, electric guitar eventually doubles this riff Heavy beat base on shuffle style beat utilizing uneven beat divisions: 4 beat feel from jazz and blues with heavier accent on the backbeat: snare drum, hand claps, and other percussive instruments reinforce the backbeat 5. Country a. Storytelling lyrics that are down to earth vocal style techniques: expressive vocal style, nasal tone quality Well balanced sound with the vocals decidedly the loudest acoustic folk guitar style influences 60s folk rock country style feature electric guitar and pedal steel guitar solos country style beat based on even beat divisions: 50s rock artists mixed blues w/country beat became the rock style beat 6. Doo-Wop a. Rock n Roll aspects: more energy, very rhythmic, tenor saxophone solo feature taken from jump blues model, extremely popular with 1950s teens Style: vocals share aspects previously discussed, rhythm is t riplet based, harmony is a doo-wop chord progression, song styles were torch ballads and novelty songs Harlem teenagers would hold vocal competitions on street corners, winner won bragging and territorial rights, non violent 7. Folk a. Bitish Isle Immigrants (common folk) to North America: Rich tradition of folk music Ballads (simple, sad songs) and jigs (dance music), hundreds of years old, most popular folk tunes: uptempo jigs played by a fiddler (folk music equivalent of a violinist), country musics ancestor Additional Characteristics: a story told in plain everyday language, sung with an untrained voice, heterophony (i.e., multiple versions of the melody, play simultaneously), verse/chorus and strophic song forms, uptempo dance rhythms....
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