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Unformatted text preview: Characteristics of general country Melody, Harmony, Instrumentation, style of singing Instrumentation: generally portable – violin/fiddle • Capable of producing a sustained tone • Other strummed or plucked o Auto-harp, guitar, banjo, mandolin, slide, slide guitar, steel guitar, bass Style of singing: high, nasal, strained voice • Ornamentation that mimics the violin: short slides • Vocal break: the tendency for the voice to break as if under the stress of the song’s emotions was introduced from southwestern influences • Yodel – found in western country music and cowboy songs popularized by Jimmie Rogers Theme: Public vs Private Loss vs Desire Realism: Human situation, true stories Perennial Themes: Love, Death, Religion, Events Regionalism: Use of localized slang & dialect...
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- Fall '09
- Meter, Musical notation, Music Country African, Folk Music Country, Folk Music Blues, AngloAmerican Folk Music