Let’s start by listening to a few sixties tunes!!!!!!!!!!!!
Musical principles taught during the course:
2-4 and 4-4 time
AABA (32 bars)
Waltz (one two three time)
Rhythm Changes (e.g. Flintstones)
Stand By Me chords (The Fifties Progression)
Major, minor and pentatonic scales
The octave and notes on the scale
Musical hooks (anything that hooks you)
Blues (we talked about the standard 12 bar variety)
Relativity of music (playing songs in different keys)
More on analyzing a popular song:
According to David Brackett and his predecessors, we can analyze songs in terms of the
a. norms – mainstream conventions since 1900
b. sub-norms – particular era, say the 60s
c. style – e.g., teenybop, tin pan alley, British, Motown etc.
d. idiolect – style traits
e. works and performances – the particular recording or show
But professors sometimes parse and theorize too much. For example, he writes “The advantage of Stefani’s model over either a purely structuralist emphasis on codes which ignores their reception or a Chomskyian notion of linguistic competence which posits a trans-cultural human “nature” notion of context.“ This is a sentence only academics can understand. If at all.
After all, if researchers could analyze why certain songs succeed while others fail, wouldn’t computers be really good at composing the best popular songs of ever?
And to what extent does the actual recording influence its success?
Just how intricate the arrangement can be! A great video for musicians especially.
And Diana Krall cover:
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