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History of Rock Week 2 Notes

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History of Rock Week 2 Notes MUCO 120

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These notes discuss the influential genres that went into rock music.
History of Rock
Sean K McCollough
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Adrienne Nave on Monday February 8, 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 128 views. For similar materials see History of Rock in Art at University of Tennessee - Knoxville.


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Date Created: 02/08/16
History of Rock- Week 2 Roots of Rock Continued - The Fiddle Tradition- the fiddle was the kind of original instrument in American Music o African American Slaves were taught to play the fiddle for the plantation owner along with the banjo which was already an African American instrument o Blackface Minstrel Shows-  white musicians, mainly from the north, painted faces black, and acted the stereotypes of African American slaves and cultures.  Possible white musicians admiring African American cultures but not likely  “De Boatman’s Dance”  Minstrel Character “Jim Crow” o Stephen Foster  Considered first great American pop writer  Wrote some minstrel songs but also pop music o String Bands  Humor developed  Early country music  Developed from Minstrel shows, but still incorporated Minstrel Songs  Fiddle Based Music o The “Big Bang” of Country Music  Record companies would send out representatives to search out country bands. Ralph Piers went to Bristol, TN and put an add in a furniture shop for recording sessions to find new talent.  The Bristol Sessions  The Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers were discovered o Jimmy Rogers  “The Father of Country Music”  White Man from Mississippi singing the blues  “Waiting for a Train” o Hank Williams  First Country Music Star  “Move it on Over” *Birth of Rock in Roll between 1949-1954 o The Sheet Music Industry  Sentimental Ballads  “After the ball”  Sold Mainly to Middle to Upper Class Women learning to play the piano o Tin Pan Alley Pop  Publishers of Tin Pan Island controlled what pop music was  Sold to Broadway and Early Music  “Over the Rainbow” - Professional Songwriters and the Birth of the “Crooner” o Irving Berlin o Bing Crosby “All American music is African-American Music.” –Steve Young - Blues elements have been extremely influential in American Music - African-American Musical Elements o Polyrhythmic influence from Africa  Congo Square, New Orleans  Slaves were aloud to come together and play drums and sing their songs on Sunday  One of the reasons New Orleans became such an important city as far as American Music goes because it was the only place where African Music could be played o Aspects of African-American Music  Rattle and Buzz  Improvisation***  Call and Response  Polyrhythms  Rhythmic Syncopation: when the off beat is emphasized  Swing Feel  Blue Notes  Blues Scales: has elements of the major scale but has modified note progression o European chord progressions began to mix with African-American music o Work Songs  Songs with inner meanings to communicate with other slaves o Spirituals  “Sheep Sheep, Don’t you Know the Road”  Songs developed in African-American churches The Blues - Country Blues o Played on acoustic instruments especially the guitar o Robert Johnson “The King of the Delta Blues”  Never played on the radio  “Crossroad Blues”  Played 12-bar Blues o Black String Bands  Early country mixed with jazz, blues and pop elements  The Tennessee Chocolate Drops “State Street Rag” o Carl Martin  Played the Mandolin  “Grave Digger Blues”  AAB format- popular format in blues music The Birth of Jazz - Strongly influenced by the blues - Louis Armstrong o Arguably First great jazz musician The Classic Blues - Bessie Smith- “The Empress of the Blues” from Chattanooga - WC Handy- “The Father of the Blues - “St. Louis Blues” The Electric Guitar - Early electric guitars were hollow and eventually were made from a whole body of wood - Rickenbacker and Gibson were the first big manufacturers


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