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History of Rock Week 1 Notes

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History of Rock Week 1 Notes MUCO 120

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These were the notes I got from the past two weeks of class.
History of Rock
Sean K McCollough
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Rock, Music




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Adrienne Nave on Sunday January 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUCO 120 at University of Tennessee - Knoxville taught by Sean K McCollough in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 192 views. For similar materials see History of Rock in Art at University of Tennessee - Knoxville.


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Date Created: 01/31/16
History of Rock Week 1 Basic music terminology - Pitch: how high or low a sound is o Higher sounds are faster vibrations, lower sounds are slower vibrations - Note: the representation of a pitch on a sheet of music o Notes include A, A sharp/B flat, B, B sharp/C, C sharp/D flat, D, D sharp/E flat, E, E sharp/F, F sharp/G flat, G, G sharp/ A flat o The reason why there are so many keys on a piano is that these notes repeat each other in higher and lower places on the piano, and are always in the same order - Meter: a recurring pattern of stresses or accents that provide the pulse or beat on music, symbolized by the time signature - Chord: a group of 3 or more notes played simultaneously - Chorus: a section in a song that repeats the same music and lyrics intact in each presentation - Bridge: a contrasting section that prepares for the return of the original material section Common Rock Song Form - Simple Verse Form: o Songs which feature only a repeated verse o Essentially verse chorus form without the chorus o Ex. “Evil Ways” by Santana - Simple Verse/Chorus Form: o When a single musical pattern is used as the basis for both verses and choruses in a song o Ex. “Umbrella” by Rihanna ft. Jz - Contrasting verse Chorus: o Unlike a simple verse-chorus, in which the verse and chorus section share the same musical material, contrasting verse chorus has the verses and choruses of a song employ different music o Ex. “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles - AABA Form: o This type of song has an opening (A) section, a bridge (B) before transitioning to the final (A) section o Ex. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland Labeling music/Contemporary Music - This is very hard to do because no song fits perfectly into a category - Lucinda Williams- o some consider her country, but it depends on her songs because many of them have been placed in different genres - Groups or artists do better when they are in a distinct label, their music will sell better if people can determine the genre - John Mayer o Softer singer-songwriter side o Contradictory views and statements about women o Is a very good Blues guitar player - Stevie Ray Vaughn o blues-rock artist - Wilco o Started with roots rock sound, but now have more of an indie rock sound o Grew out of the band Uncle Tupelo which had a country rock sound o Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Album: used many electronic and different sounds that were very out of the ordinary and experimental for this band, this album went away from their roots rock feel o Very much influenced by The Beatles in the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Album - OutKast o Hip-hop is rock related genre, and is one of the only American musical genres to not come out of the South o Influenced by George Clinton and Prince o Hip Hop has a tradition of sampling, which is taking a beat or section of another song o “Mrs. Jackson” Roots of Rock Music - The World Before Rock’n Roll o Banjo- origins from west Africa  African American instrument before it was used by white musicians - Pop, R&B, Country o All interwoven influences of rock o The Ballad Tradition  A cappella  Tells a story with a folk tune  “Lord Daniel”: Murder ballad where the woman normally gets killed


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