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MUH 218: Week 1 Day 2 Lecture Notes

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MUH 218: Week 1 Day 2 Lecture Notes MUH 218

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These notes cover instrumentation, ensemble size, conductor, rhythm section, frontline/backline, brass/woodwind/rhythm, non-standard instruments, soloists, and sounds, meter, repetition, intonatio...
Survey of American Jazz
Dr. Tolson
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Date Created: 08/26/16
MUH Lecture Notes – 8/25/16 ­ The Sound of Jazz – Keys to Listening: o Instrumentation  What instruments are playing?  Alto Saxophone vs Baritone or Tenor, etc.  Electric Bass vs String Bass or Double Bass  Piano  Drum set (Multiple Drums: Bass Drum, Tom­Tom, Floor Tom,  Snare Drum, Hi­hat, ride cymbal – used for keeping time) vs  Drum – Each drum has a different pitch level  Ensemble size  Four piece or quartet   Conductor?  No Conductor o Stay together utilizing the basses – basses keep things  going at the same tempo by doing a walking bassline o Bass plays a note on every beat  Rhythm section:  Piano + Bass + Drums  Frontline/Backline  Rhythm section also referred to as the backline instrument  Frontline consists of the instruments that play the melody  Brass/Woodwind/Rhythm  Brass instruments: you vibrate your lips to play notes  Woodwind instruments: you vibrate wood piece or reef to play  notes  Non­standard instruments  Soloists  How do you know when to switch soloists? o When you reach the top of the chords  Sequence of chords is called the form of the song o Sounds  Dynamics  How loud or how soft we are  Range  Tone qualities (Timbre) pronounced tamber  Drummer utilizes both side of drum head to produce different  sounds  Bass can get different sound qualities depending on where on the  neck he plays  Meter  Repetition  Piano and sax in example  Intonation  Characteristic sounds  Growls, bends, scoops, vibrate, mutes o Form  Introduction/Coda  Improvised vs written  Macro (ABA)  Micro  Blues  Descriptions of melody (A = melody B = bridge C = melody)  AABA  ABAC  Other


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