Chapter 1 Assignment

Chapter 1 Assignment - Wayne Kocher MHL 145 Durant 9-1-10...

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Wayne Kocher MHL 145 – Durant 9-1-10 Chapter 1 Assignment A. Study Questions 1. Jazz is hard to define because it is performed in so many styles and its influence can be heard in so many other types of music. It is sometimes difficult to determine if a musical recording or a performance qualifies as jazz because several of the basic guidelines for defining jazz are not always included in the song, for example, swing rhythm and syncopation, or some of the guidelines are hard to pick up on, for example, improvisation and interaction. 2. The relationship between the roles that the rhythm section instruments must adhere to and the freedoms they have to play what they want in fulfilling their specific roles is very diverse. When, for instance, a horn player enters a solo, it is the rhythm section instruments job to play a supporting role during the solo; but while playing that supporting role, the rhythm section players are also improvising, just in a different and more limited way. 3. There are two elements to jazz rhythm: swing rhythm and syncopation. These elements offer quite a unique sound to the song, almost as if they were telling a story to the listener. These elements often stand out in a listener’s mind, connecting them to the
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