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Lecture 31

Music 1102A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 31: Western Swing, American Bandstand, Guitar Solo

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Music 1102A/B
Kate Helsen

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November 30th
Listening to Music
56 Chuck Berry
Rhythm: Tap along with the beat and try to identify the rhythmic patterns that appear most
frequently. Listen for the moments when the entire band stops together
Timbre: Notice the aggressive tones of the guitar that cut through the sound of the rest of the
instruments. Listen for the high notes in the piano that are present throughout almost all of the
Listen for the individual verses. try to identify the length (Number of measures) and harmonic
pattern of each verse
Not a traditional melody, Relationship between the vocals and the guitar but does not have
musical elements we have been talking about. Governed by rhythm and bass line
“School Day”
-Composed in 1957
-Rock ’n’ Roll created in the mid-1950s
-Blended blues and honkey-tonk with edgy attitude
-Capitalized on youth culture and contradictions between general prosperity and social unrest
Shuffle Rhythm and Stop Time
-Rhythm creates excitement of song
-shuffle rhythm propels motion forward
-Lyrics follow shuffle groove
-stop time—accompaniment group plays a single note then rests, punctuating end of sections
-Anacrusis—notes that begin a phrase before the downbeat
Rock ’n’ Roll Timbre
-Electric lead guitar, drums, bass, guitar, piano
-Berry’s signature guitar introductions typically borrowed from other songs
12 Bar blues form
-Strophic song
-each verse in 12 bar blues
-Guitar solo provides contrast and excitement
-solo builds momentum between verses
1-2-3-4 is a bar
Guitar follows the bass line
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