The Roots of Rock and Roll2

The Roots of Rock and Roll2 - The "Roots" of Rock...

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The “Roots” of Rock and Roll March 13, 2008 Synthesized existing regional styles Not an original form of music Styles that contributed to rock and roll: (Musical Foundation) o Boogie Woogie o Jump music o Rhythm and Blues o Electric blues Both styles well0-established by 1940s Boogie Woogie o Origins in the Mid-West Blues (Kansas City and St. Louis) Count Basie incorporated it into his jazz o Piano music: bars and saloons (dancing) o Loud, strong, boisterous o Played in fast AND slow tempos o Essential style does not change o Left hand : repetitive melodies, outlining chords o Right hand : Syncopated decoration- embellishment o Rhythmic pattern: eight beat shuffle, stresses on beats 2,4,6,8 (backbeats) essential element of rock and roll o “Roll’ em Pete ” (1938) Vocals: Big Joe turner (1911-1985) Piano: Pete Johnson (1904-1967) Introduction by piano, establishes style and beat Each eight beat pattern: marked off by voice Piano: extended solo Embellishes traditional boogie woogie patterns Blue notes in right hand Blues poetic form (a a b) Jump Music o Referred to dance bands- term coined by musicians themselves o Big bands- economically unfeasible o Came to prominence circa 1940 o Downsized big bands o Rhythm section: drums, bass, piano, guitar o Frontline: sax, trumpet
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