Questions tagged [genre]

For questions related to genre, or the stylistic category of a given work of art. Note that genre identification questions are considered off topic.

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List of average genre tempo (BPM) levels?

I've been told before that a genre such as drum and bass averages a BPM of 160-180, whereas dubstep is around 140 BPM and hip-hop is around 115 BPM. Does anyone know where I can get a list of popular ...
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Is it possible to create a completely new genre of music

This question might appear really weird, but still I ended up asking me this. Every genre of music as we know today comes from some previous genre (as an evolution, a combination of two different ...
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What are the characteristics of Late Romantic English Music?

What common characteristics can you find in the works of composers like Holst, Vaughan Williams, or Grainger? I list these three in particular because of their propensity to build on existing folk ...
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What does “Med.” as a style mean in jazz fake books?

I imagine it stands for "medium", but is it a tempo indication or does it mean something else/more? For example, how does (Med. Bossa Nova) differ from (Bossa Nova)? Some pieces also only have (Med.). ...
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Are electric guitar types associated with certain music genre?

For example (while not necessary true) I'have heard that Stratocasters are good for metal, or that semi-hollows are for blues. I quess that you can play anything with anything but are there some norms?...
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Classify this type of song

Is there a name for a kind of song where a line is said, then there is an equivalent amount of time where there is no singing. You could sing exactly what the singer just said in the gap before the ...
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How do I study the personal styles of other musicians? How do I tell the difference between genre and style when doing so?

I want to start a music hobby. I've dabbled in viola and piano lessons growing up, but I want to get into making music using electronic methods. As a digital artist, I'm kind of approaching some ...
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Meaning of “Uptempo” music vs “upbeat” music (and their opposites)

Can the expression "uptempo music" be used as a synonym for "upbeat music"? Please note that I'm not referring to the music theory meaning of the term upbeat (the beat preceding a bar), but rather the ...
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Music piece only in Blues scale & Static Harmony

I have been stuck in one of my music compostion. It hasn't been completed for a long time cause I can't realise what's gonna on in the harmony below. The song is based only on Blues scale, so my ...
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What genre of music is this? Is there a technical term or name for this structure?

I noticed that I made my favourite own tracks with this technic: take an ostinato build from a 4 bar phrase, repeat it over and over after a little repetition take a pure chord progression (Chord ...
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Does changing the beat of a song change its genre? [closed]

Recently, I was listenting to a song, adn then a remix of the same song, and noticed that the melody/beat of the two were very different. Are the two variations of the song different genres, and if ...
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What Gives Modern R&B Its “Sound”

It's probably my favourite genre, but I'm curious what gives it its signature sound. I know syncopation in melodies and the backbeat is one thing, as well as the particular chord sequences that are ...
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Help with transcribing? I don't exactly know what key and chord can this be [closed]

I'm trying to transcribe one of the tracks from Anachronox: I'm very beginner at transcribing and my ears need much training as well. I think I wrote the melody and,...
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Are there any songs that rotate between several time signatures? [closed]

Last night I was brushing up on my time signature knowledge and got to thinking on songs I know with alternate time signatures. A few examples are: The Glass Prison by Dream Theater 4/4, 5/4, and I ...
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Are Pink Floyd eclectic? [closed]

currently at work I've got into a debate with someone who isn't very well versed in the nuances of music, they detest Pink Floyd and argue with me that they can't be classified as eclectic due to them ...
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Doom/Melodic Death Metal for electric guitar

My friend and I are looking to just enjoy ourselves and record a Death Metal EP with some Doom and Melodic Death Metal influences. With the tempo changes I know it sounds ridiculous but at this point ...
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Tabs for particular song and where to find this majestic type of tune [closed]

So the game Planetside 2 has a really cool country sounding soundtrack for one of the factions: at 12:50 NC Travel 4 I'd really love a tabbed version of the ...