Questions tagged [rock-n-roll]

Rock-n-roll music is 4/4 time with a backbeat (emphasis on the off-beats, beats 2 and 4). It developed from "Race" Music (now called Rhythm&Blues) in the 1950s. The electric guitar is, in a sense, the *icon* of Rock-n-roll.

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If The Beatles didn't know music theory, how did they construct whole songs flawlessly? [duplicate]

It is said that the 4 beatle never learned music theory, and is proven by many interviews from them. They are known for writing rock hits that had always hit the charts and the songs they had written ...
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is it possible to make my electric guitar have a metal or rocky kinda sound?

I've seen a lot online about using the different knobs but i have an amp with only 3 of them: Treble, Volume and Gain. There's also a boost button but I haven't seen much about that. On the guitar ...
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How to Identify Sheet Music Type, Era, or Origin?

Asking for some help here…maybe someone will recognize what kind of sheet music this is. I’m attempting to recreate the framed sheet music hung on the wall in the photos. This is my father sometime in ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

What is the purpose of that equipment and how is it called? I have noticed they always have them in concerts with electronic instruments.
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WHy can you not play metal in Major keys?

Well you can but people are just going to think you are a Sum 41 cover band. It just seems like the Major key does not translate so well on electric guitar.
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I am no music expert, but I am a huge sucker for fade out songs (songs which end in a fade out) and I love a lot of them! I just want to ask: why don't bands try this in live performances? I am sure ...
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Popular examples of the ♭III in modern rock music? [closed]

In the chorus of one of the last songs, "Goodbye", off of Bo Burnham's special Inside, Bo uses the following progression: Key Signature: G Major Chord Progression: C - B♭ - G I believe that ...
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What is the name of that widespread blues lick and how to play it? [closed]

I would like to improve my guitar solos and to add a lick to them. The one I'm thinking off is used in many blues songs, but also rock'n'roll, punk rock, etc. One example that I can find is the whole ...
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How do I notate this rhythm? [closed]

I've written this riff and cannot for the life of me figure out how to notate the rhythm. I need to know the subdivisions to set up DAW and write drum track for it. Here's the riff, played twice: ...
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

Let me start off by saying that I have no folk background, and I am not aware of the rich tradition of folk or folk-rock. That being said, I understand that, similar to the blues tradition, there are ...
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Name and origin of this alternative rock drumbeat

Does anyone know the name and origin of this drumbeat? It's widely used in alternative rock, and although I think people would tend to describe it as "funky," it isn't a textbook funk beat ...
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Are Layne Staley's vocals on the studio version of Alice in Chains' "God Smack" possible to replicate live?

On Alice in Chains' 1992 track God Smack, Layne Staley's vocal tremolos seem pretty far-fetched to me. I'm guessing the effect was applied in the studio during the recording process. Nonetheless, I'm ...
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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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Elvis singing technique

Please see Elvis in this clip , what technique Elvis is using to create this raspy and powerful tone? Thanks!
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Arrangment/voicing vs EQ/production

When composing rock/pop music, I am wondering, when considering the timbre of the guitars, whether focus should be placed on voicings (power chords vs barre chords vs single notes etc) or simply on ...
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How can i get a j-pop j-rock tone in Guitar Rig

I'm new to the electric guitar. I wanted to know how can I reproduce the same tone/sound as in the anime openings? Here are some examples: ...
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Not confident enough to play guitar loudly because neighbours will hear it

I am playing guitar (mostly Acoustic Guitar) for like 2 years now so i wouldn't say that i completely suck. i can play numerous songs and strum chords fairly and easily. Although every day is a new ...
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Choosing a (baritone) guitar for stoner rock

I would like to buy a baritone guitar, but I can't figure out a way to choose the 'best' (with a 700e budget approx),also I am not sure if its a good idea to purchase one. If I could try such guitars ...
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How did Kurt Cobain go straight from "Tourette's" to "Polly" in the Live at Reading concert?

In this video of Nirvana's 1992 Live at Reading performance, Kurt screams out the song "Tourette's" (35:10), and it sounds like he's absolutely destroying his vocal chords. Then, at 37:04, he's ...
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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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How do I properly support a bass solo as a keyboard player?

As an amateur keyboard player, I am used to comping with (or against) a guitar solo, sometimes staying out of the way, other times harmonizing against it, or even just "responding" to its calls. On ...
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Adding interest to arpeggios

Recently i've been more confident in the progressions I choose for my songs, but the guitar arrangements are still very uninspired. I am particularly bad at creating cool arpeggios or riffs that ...
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rock drumming (swing?) pattern

I've been curious about the drumming in "Someday" by The Strokes for some time now. Are the kick and snare going in double time? Or is the tempo actually that fast and the hi hats are played in half ...
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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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approach for arranging songs with two electric guitars

What are some things I should consider when arranging guitar parts in songs with two guitars? Until now I have just followed my instinct, but it would be nice to have some theory to inform my ...
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Suspensions in 'The Long and Winding Road'?

Ian MacDonald (music critic/author) writes of the "heartbreaking suspensions" that characterize the harmony of "The Long and Winding Road". I was curious about this, so I printed the first page of ...
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ii-V-I versus I-IV-V

The I-IV-V progression is used in a lot of blues, rock, folk, country and pop music, while jazz music tends to favor the ii-V-I. I am aware that the ii and IV chords are both subdominant and they ...
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How is rock founded from blues if they have different scales?

I heard that rock was created from blues. But most of the scales in rock are either major or minor. But blues scales are created from adding chromatic notes to a pentatonic scale. Isn't rock more ...
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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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How to sing rock like this?

Can anyone please explain in technical terms how Richie Kotzen achives the singing voice in this song? The more singing terminology the better. Thank you ! Richie Kotzen - Mother Head's Family Reunion
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

I've been wondering how hard rock/metal singers (e.g. Layne Staley, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl) manage to achieve such a 'gritty' sound with their vocals. Do professional rock singers ever use ...
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What does kingfish play? [closed]

I've just discovered a new amazing guitar player, Christone Kingfish Ingram, since the first time I was shocked by the way he plays. I've tried everything but I simply don't understand what he plays, ...
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Are the diminished chords not that common in modern popular music?

It seems like the diminished chord (vii° in major, ii° in minor) is not used as much in modern popular music compared to classical music and the remaining chords of the diatonic scale. Is it actually ...
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Playing Hammond B3 organ parts in rock music. Need advice!

I need advise about creating Hammond B3 parts in rock music. Recently I joined to rock in an rock-n-roll band. And here's the challenge in front of me: I do not know how to arrange and create my ...
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What is that rock dance called, kind of like a moshpit where everyone dances in a whirlpool until somebody gets hurt? [closed]

kind of like a flash mob whirlpool moshpit (but not really a mosh pit because they're not jumping down from the stage into the audience), they're just dancing in a whirl pool jabbing each other with ...
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Live performance of Aerosmith's Mama Kin with the introduction solo [closed]

I'm currently learning to play Mama Kin by Aerosmith on the guitar. I'm especially interested in Joe Perry's intro solo. I watched several introductory videos where people explain how to play it, but ...
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How musicians are chosen to accompany on stage? [closed]

I had a question about music concerts. When solo artists do concerts, in the backstage different unknown musicians are accompanying them. So how are these musicians chosen to accompany?
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Singing rock/hard rock. how to get it back?

So let me explain my situation. I used to be able to sing Rock/Hard Rock songs and even sometimes used to growl. I've entered an pop course in uni as a vocalist, that course kind of "banned" ...
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Theoretical Question about "Smoke On The Water"

This popular riff is often one of the first an aspiring guitarist learns, as it is easy to play and distinctive. But when I am trying to understand it in terms of music theory, it makes me wonder. ...
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When I look for rock chord progressions on the net, I see major key signatures. Why is that?

So I am reading up on music theory and learned about the difference between minor and major keys. So in rock, I would expect to see minor chords, because they are supposed to invoke not-so-happy ...
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How to set a good rock tone with a basic amp

I'm new to playing the electric guitar and how amps work. But my amp is very basic and only has voices (warm, crunchy, OO 1, etc..) gain, volume, and equalizer. It also had effects labeled "Rev", "DLY"...
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Soloing on Scales

I've been playing guitar for about 5 years now. When I improvise solos, I tend to do it only in major and minor pentatonic scales. Therefore, my solos are quite restricted. Could someone enlighten me ...
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Best way to start playing guitar?

I'm an aspiring musician and have self-taught myself a few rock riffs but was wondering what the best way of actually learning to play is. I've looked around a bit at a few online lessons but none ...
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What is the proper chord interpretation for the intro to Stairway to Heaven?

The opening sequence in Stairway to Heaven is an A minor chord followed by something strange followed by C/G, D/F#, and Fmaj7. I've seen the second chord notated as Am/G#, G#aug, and even Am/maj7/add2....
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Is a triangle okay for rock music?

My friends and I are performing "Don't Stop Believing" and I think the triangle is the only instrument I can play and not ruin everything. Are there any better basic instruments. We are just doing ...
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What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?

The chord progressions for the song Nomadic Revery by Bonnie Prince Billy are: Verse: (C Fm Bb Fm Bb C)x2 Cmaj7 Chorus: (Bb C Fm Bb C)x2 Bridge: (Cm Eb)x3 Gm (Cm Eb)x3 Bb Cm (Cm Eb)x3 Fm Gm The ...
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Harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith

I'm trying to do harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith. Verses and choruses uses I to IV progression, but I wonder about the riff in the bridge. It seem to be played in the E key. Joe ...
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Why does rock music use higher fret alternatives on guitar?

A recurring pattern that I see in rock music is that it will often opt for higher frets while lower frets are available. For example, in this tutorial for Alice in Chains - Them Bones, the guitarist ...
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Why would I use the "high pass" option of a subwoofer?

Our recently acquired subwoofers are designed to go in-line to powered mains. There are two options - straight pass through and high pass. The manual recommends high pass. It's clear the ...
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