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1. What is a Rock Style Beat? What are the characteristics of Rock Style Beat?
4 beat feel w/backbeat
- Country = 2 beat regular rhythm
- Rock & Jazz/Swing = 4 beat regular rhythm
- Funk = 16 beat
2. What is the most commonly used rock song form
- Chorus = most memorable part of a song
- Verse = storytelling lyrics of a song
- Other parts:
- Pre-chorus (in-between verse and chorus)
- Interlude (instrumental section)
- Bridge (new section to create contrast)
- Outro (Ending)
3. What is syncopation?
Accenting rhythms other than the regular rhythm.
- - Creates rhythmic tension
- - Creates good beat feel
- - Key element of most rock styles
4. What is a riff and how are they used in rock music?
Short, memorable and easily retained melody
- · Between 2 to 7 notes
- · Easy to retain and catchy
- · Easy to remember
- · Used by both vocalists and instruments
- · Initiated by space or pauses
- · Repeated with regularity to maintain listeners interest
5. What are the core vs. optional instruments in rock music?
- Vocals and Rhythm Section
- (Electric guitar, Electric Bass, and Drum Set)
- Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Electric Keyboards, Synthesizers
- · Supply rhythmic support
- · Different sounds
- · Substitute core instruments
6. What are the characteristics of folk music from the British Isles? (Early Pre-Rock Styles)
- · Ballads (simple, sad songs with lyrics that tell a story) and Jigs (dance music)
- · Country music’s ancestor
- · A story told in plain everyday language
- · Sung with an untrained voice
- · Heterophony (multiple versions of the same melody, played simultaneously)
- · Verse/Chorus & Strophic song forms
- · Up tempo dance rhythms
- Influence to future rock style
- · Verse/Chorus song form
- · Storytelling Lyrics
- Pioneer Artists
- · Barbara Allen
- · Old Joe Clark