Questions tagged [pop-music]

Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is a genre of popular music which originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll.[1] The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of music which is popular (and can include any style).[

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When To Register With Peforming Rights Organization, such as PRS or BMI?

I am a newbie freelance musician. I make music of various genres but my main work will be in ambient type music I will be uploading on my own Youtube page and Spotify. I will also be making a range of ...
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Pop music album with a couple having fantasy visions [migrated]

I'm looking for a pop music album released between 1970 and 1995 (approximately), with many lyrics, with songs forming a story of young couple having visions and interacting with fantasy creatures in ...
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Middle 8 Confusion in “Yesterday”

In my understanding the middle 8 should provide contrast to a song with verse/refrain form. From the titles i've looked at, many middle 8's (and more generally, bridges) end on dominant harmony to ...
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“Maybe tomorrow - Stereophonics”, is my analysis right?

I'm an amateur, self tought, musician whos's struggling to learn music theory without knowing solfège. I'm trying to make harmonic analysis of easy pop tunes to practice and learn. This song in ...
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Compositional techniques in top-line melody writing

I want to start this post off by mentioning that I have seen the 1/16/2017 post on a similar topic; That post related more to the lyrical/prosodic elements of the melody, and I am more interested in ...
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Is B♭ chord in C major related to Neapolitan chord?

I know what a Neapolitan chord is and know how to use it in some usual ways. But I want to talk about the B♭ chord in C major. I think B♭ here is very "Subordinate". And we can see it always ...
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Simulate “modern pop sounds” on grand piano?

Recently I saw a couple examples of people using an acoustic guitar to create music that sounds similar to the kind you would hear from a whole band, i.e. one with guitar, percussion, and melodic ...
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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28 vs. Cold Mountain- Ada Plays

I am intrigued and puzzled by these two pieces of music and their similarities: Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 28 1st movement in A major, Op. 101 This one is in A ...
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Would you describe 'Skyfall' by Adele as atonal?

I was watching the James Bond movie Skyfall and I noticed that the opening theme, performed by Adele, sounds quite strange in some sections. I think it's a beautiful song, but it doesn't seem to stick ...
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Is Mother by Pink Floyd in G Mixolydian mode? [closed]

(I'd like to clarify that this is the first time that I'm approaching scales and modes) I was searching for the key of this song when I've found that it's in G major, but if it's from G major where ...
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Has harmony/melody technique regressed in popular music? [closed]

Whenever I watch videos of producers creating songs it just doesn’t seem like much thought is put into the chord progression and melody. It pretty much seems like everyone does the basic pick a scale -...
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Advice for singing [closed]

I feel like I generally am on pitch but still don't like my tone a lot. My goal is to be able to sing pop music at a really high level and I don't know how to make my tone more pop sounding, or just ...
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Contemporary pop vs. early rock composition techniques

I feel as though the most significant difference between composition of contemporary pop and oldies is form. Contemporary pop music (whoever is currently on the radio) is typically verse-chorus form, ...
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chorus construction in pop and rock

At the moment, I feel like my choruses are, in fact, just a slight and arbitrary variation in harmony from the verse. Switch to the ride cymbal and maybe play straight eight notes on the guitars, and ...
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Non-repeating chord progression in pop verse progression

I am having trouble understanding a pop song verse progression that I came across. Please see the following screenshot of the sheet music: Here are the two main things I notice: 1) The first "...
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You are the sunshine of my life: how is this off-beat singing called?

Stevie Wonder sings in a typical style I‘d like to know the english term. I wonder as I wander through Stevie Wonders style. What is this style called? Just syncopated? And when came this style up? (...
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Most useful piano exercises to memorize for playing by ear?

I'm not talented at all but I consider myself very dedicated and with a good ability to learn and memorize new material through my hands (not ears) I'm playing the piano on my own for 2 years, ...
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What synthesizer was used in madonna's Vogue? [closed]

I would like to know what kind of synthesizer was used in the chorus part of Madonna's Vogue. Some say that Korg's M1(many musicians used it) was used but I know nothing about that kind of things. Was ...
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How do I harmonize my bass, melody, drum line, and chord progression all together? [closed]

I'm aspiring to be a pop music producer. When I create a catchy melody, I then attempted to add a bass line that was also catchy. Unfortunately, they didn't sound well together. And I know if I were ...
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Is there a way to record music with a collaborator remotely and live?

Is there a way to record music with a collaborator remotely and live? Appreciate the help!
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Are the printed editions of pop songs usually in the original keys?

To help someone who wants to identify and quantify the pitch ranges of songs, I wonder whether the printed editions of pop songs are commonly in the original key.
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From whom did The Beatles steal the extra beat in “Don't Let Me Down?”

It's well known that The Beatles made good use of every existing musical idiom in their work, a side-effect of talent borne from constant live performance. In this case, I'm curious if anyone can ...
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Are there fewer rhymes in contemporary popular music? If so, why?

Vsauce mentions a study by Joan Serra showed contemporary pop music is less complex in its musical motives than it was, which he explains by a wider diversity in form and genres. While complexity of ...
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Difference between new-age classical and traditional classical as far as theory?

I'm wondering what the differences between new-age classical (Yiruma, Dustin O'Halloran, etc) versus classical (Bach, Beethoven, etc) are as far as theory goes. Traditional classical always seems ...
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Is there any significance of key change of 3 semitones in pop songs?

I was listening to Nightwish's Nemo and noticed they have a key change of 3 semitones from Dm to Fm out of the blue that just sounds pretty good/unnoticeable: And ...
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What exactly is a Christmas carol?

I looked up differences between Christmas carols and other Christmas songs. Generally about carols being about nativity or some other traditional songs not necessary religious while other Christmas ...
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Why are triple meter pop songs so rare?

Most popular music is in double, quadruple, and occasionally sextuple meter, but there are quite few pop songs in triple meter. My impressions is that songwriters write their songs in triple meter ...
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Term for chorus that sounds like pre-chorus

I'm not good with musical terms, but I like to listen to songs that have odd and strange parts while maintaining "good" structure. There's a song called Remember Me by Oh My Girl. To my ear, the ...
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Trouble feeling rhythm in section

The song is in 4/4 but this section is giving me a hard time feeling the rhythm. Clearly it can be divided into 16ths, but the pattern feels like triplets after the first note. For example after the ...
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Term for 'key change' when going for the chorus

There are songs that change key midway. The most common one I've heard is they change the key when going for the chorus. After that, when the song goes back to the verse, they change the key back. ...
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What if musical piece not ended with tonic chord?

I've a chord progression G, A, Bm, A, repeating itself throuh whole song in a key of B minor....i mean How it will affect the listener and how they feel ..
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What are these non-chord tones in the Jackson Five's “Want you Back”?

for example could u play a neighbour tone twice or got from a chord tone to an nct then to another nct. I was looking at jackson 5's want you back and this appeared to be the case this is written in ...
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Is there a name for the extra measure that they like to put into country songs?

The song that made me think of this is Amarillo by Morning, made popular by George Straight, but it's quite common in a lot of country and pop music. In the verse at the end of the second 4 measure ...
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Does pop music ever make use of modulation?

When I am playing the music of J.S.Bach, my friends often mistake it to be a piece of pop music. However, they often realize they are wrong the instant the music modulates. I haven't listened to much ...
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Is it helpful to study jazz when I like pop?

Recently I started an online jazz course, and and I enjoy studying it (all the chords and extensions). But at the end of the day, I don't know why I study jazz. I don't really like jazz, and it's hard ...
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Significance of pop songs with progressions that alternate one chord with one that's three semitones below it

I've noticed a couple of pop songs that use one chord progression that alternates between swapping one chord (either fifth or fourth) with one that's three semitones below it (to third or second): ...
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What contributes to an artist's melodic “signature?”

Studying the vocal melodies in recorded pop music, from a theoretical perspective, I have the impression that there are certain musical characteristics that make up the melodic"fingerprint" of an ...
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What are the methods used while writing pop music that make it so recognizably pop

I used to think that it's the four chord structure. But in reality many genres have four chord songs (e.g. Rock and Country) and pop isn't always limited to four chords (e.g. 2U). I used to think it's ...
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Why do some parts of a song sound better than others?

Disclaimer I have no sophisticated taste in music, I most of the time listen to what's on the radio (which is mostly pop and charts). I have a basic understanding of what a note is and what ...
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How to put chords (POP-EDM) under a given lead vocal melody (starting from a good knowledge in music theory)

I have quite a good knowledge in music theory, scales, modes, and all different kinds of chords (basic triads, sus, add, all extensions, slash, inversions, ...), but I'm having a tough time when it ...
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How do I describe the rhythm in these songs?

Pop music, and especially house, seems to be enamored of this beat on top of the "4 on the floor" and the closest I can get to a description of it is "tropical" which is unsatisfactory. I'm looking ...
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How to use modes in popular music?

Can a pop song be written using a specific mode for the vocal melody, and another for the chord progression, when both of the modes share the same key signature? (Please note that I am not referring ...
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Do Most Pop Songs Have An Instrument Play Chords While The Singer Sings The Melody

I'm very curious if most instruments play a melody at the same time, and work in counterpoint, or it's just a singer playing a melody while some instruments play chords.
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Is there a name for this type of blue-sy/90s pop transition on Piano

I absolutely love the blue-sy transition in this song (seconds 4-5). It's kind of like overshooting a note and coming back to it with some blues notes mixed in (bear with me, my technical knowledge ...
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Time signature - How some pop songs can be counted in both 4/4 and 3/4?

In a few songs , if I am able to count in both the 4 beats and 3 beats and it still sets perfectly .. how would I know if it is 4/4 or 3/4 .. Eg1. This is an indian song : ...
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How to understand 20th-century pop music as evolution of classical harmony

With sufficient training, a student of harmony may build forwards from Bach through Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, etc... understanding music of a period in terms of what has gone before. But it's going ...
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What are common compositional elements of 80s synth pop?

I was just wondering what defines this style of music. I mean it is pretty obvious that a lot of the soundscape is occupied by rather bassy pianos or synthesizers with driving lines. But are there ...
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How do I figure out the tonality of a piece with a chord that doesn't fit?

The piece in question is "The Flyest" - O.T. Genasis Initially I thought it was the 4th mode of Fm, but I'm not sure. The chords are Bbm, C and Gb. The presence of the Gb major chord puzzles me and ...
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Is there a name for this ending tag?

I'm talking about the last notes of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" -- the accompaniment cuts off suddenly on a i chord where its progression ought to end, and the vocals continue to riff for a second. Is ...
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Are there any popular pieces which periodically modulate down?

Many pop tunes will modulate up a semitone near the end of the piece in order to gain energy or excitement. This is known as a Truck Driver's Gear Change, and some tunes will even do it multiple times ...