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Two big factors affect the decision to play open versus fretted: Sound: Open notes sound brighter and tend to sustain longer. They are great to use for pedal tones for this reason. But that means they can sound too loud or otherwise stand out next to other fretted notes. Playability: In certain cases, open notes are actually harder to play than fretted ...


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The short answer is yes (and I have occasionally written such music myself). Musical styles never really die, they just fall out of general fashion. It should be noted that there are a couple categories of music that might be considered in an answer. First off, and perhaps least authentic, are what might be termed "fusion" styles -- mixtures of baroque (or ...


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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. Its not weird at all. Many composers throughout history have asked this very question. I will give a tentative "yes" to this portion of the question, with the clarification that by genre we are referring to the stylistic ...


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How bluesy is Ravel's Blues actually? I would say enough to justify putting "blues" in the title of a violin sonata. A little history background. WC Handy published the "first blues" music in 1912 with Memphis Blues. The style is basically ragtime in rhythm and piano texture and uses chromatic approach tones (like G# and B natural ...


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The gated snare sound - putting a bunch of reverb on a snare and then gating it to clip - is very 80s. It's that big snare sound the hair metal bands used. Allegedly discovered on a Phil Collins session with the snare coming back through the headphone send. Also, as mentioned, the rock and roll rhythm stiffened up either by drum machines or a drummer ...


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There is, in fact, a very deliberate relationship between Baroque music and emotions. This is a fascinating topic that sits at the intersection of muisc, history, philosophy, and rhetoric. As noted, Johann Mattheson's Der vollkommene Capellmeister (1739) is an excellent source on this topic. Extended portions of an English translation can be found in, "...


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Within a minimalist sort of setting, one approach I might take would be to boil things down to just the root or root and fifth. If you have a long enough period of time where you don't have a third in the mix, your ear won't be glued to a given tonality and introducing the minor flavor into the mix shouldn't sound as abrupt. You can also start adding in ...


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"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song." -- Louis Armstrong First off, let's narrow things down a bit here. It sounds like you're talking about American folk music rather than folk music as a whole. Other folk musics would take a book to explain. American folk music has the following characteristics: Acoustic instruments ...


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A key signature to That 80's sound are drone chords. Many popular songs had phrases in which the right hand of the synth/keyboard would play different chords over the top of a bass note that would not change or vice versa. Eye of the tiger during the verses would be an example. Separate Ways during the verses would be another example. In pop music the Linn ...


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Here are two factors to consider, which would determine why a player would decide on an open string, v/s a fretted note. Convenience - If the passage you are playing is fast, you won't have time to move to a less convenient part of the neck. If speed is not an issue - it could be that it's simpler to allow the note to ring open than to move your hand. ...


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What MAKES music 'Eastern European'? Partly the use of folk music - perhaps the most mentioned Nationalistic element in Chopin's music is his use of the Mazurka, loosely derived from a Polish folk dance. But to a large extent, Chopin's music is 'Polish' because we are TOLD it is. Nationalism was an important political force, Chopin was a figurehead for ...


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It's not just recorder music! About 100 years ago a lot of composers felt music wasn't developing interestingly enough and made a conscious break from 'common practice' - which might (very) loosely be described as 'music with tunes'. Sometimes this manifested as a quest for instrumental 'alternative techniques'. (I believe it is actually illegal today ...


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TL;DR [Long rambling thing about blues, Paris and Ravel's Violin Sonata.] Bessie Smith's first record was released in 1923, the year Ravel started work on the violin sonata. That's 20 years after W.C. Handy - who was mostly self-taught btw - heard the guy in the Mississippi Delta railway station playing a guitar with a knife as a bottle-neck and singing each ...


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One of the three links was broken, but the lower two still work. They both remind me of the X Files. What you've got harmonically in all three is: The strong presence of a simple, 1,3,5 minor triad. This is a very clean sound so in a way it is elementary and childlike, but also eerie and suspenseful due to it being minor, kind of like the little kid ...


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The style of pop music changes over time, for example, Pop music of the 50s would be called rock'n'roll now. Wikipedia has this to say on what usually constitutes a pop song at the current time: Such include generally short-to-medium length songs, written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as the common employment of repeated ...


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All music comes from the same concept... pitched sounds and silences. Therefore, the quick and dirty answer to the question is a resounding NO in E flat with a two beat silence afterwards. The concept of genres is not a musical concept. It is a marketing concept. The only reason that a scuba-diver-metal-bachata-core genre might exist is because some ...


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Sometimes. There is no standards body that regulates the names of guitar sizes/styles. For electric guitars, people often use the names of Gibson and Fender shapes ("Strat", "Tele", "SG", "Les Paul") and for acoustics, people often use the names used by Martin ("0", "00", "000", "OM"). One manufacturer might happen to use the word "folk" for a guitar that'...


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All music styles are overlapping hybrids, so you consistently find elements of one in another. However, there are identifiable characteristics of American Country Music, as long as you understand you will often see those very characteristics in blues, rock and roll and other popular forms with a common heritage. Probably the most prominent feature would ...


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As far as eastern European influence, it's pretty hard to pull that apart, and what @LaurencePayne said is spot on. To me, what defines Chopin's "style" is his heavy use of chromaticism within the framework of Tonal Harmony, especially in his modulations. A few salient examples are his Preludes in a minor and e minor, his Nocturne in D Major, Op. 27, No. 2,...


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By crikey this is broad. You've basically asked "What's the difference between 'white' music & 'black' music?" Because you could write entire books on the subject & still not arrive at any real definition, especially in this day & age when everybody's borrowed from everybody else to such a degree as it's almost impossible to disentangle any more,...


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A pattern is anything whose form repeats. It's hard to talk about nearly anthing in music without a pattern being involved. Meter itself is a pattern, so if you are dealing with metered music - which is a lot of music - it's patterned. A more obvious example is a harmonic pattern. In pop music the chords I V vi IV is a common pattern repeated over and over ...


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"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song." -- Louis Armstrong American folk music has the following characteristics: Acoustic instruments Simple chord progressions such as C-F-G or Am-G Simple time signatures such as 3/4 or 4/4 "Sharp" or natural keys such as C, D, E, G or A Simple scales such as pentatonic minor (blues), ...


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Pop = "popular". The kind of music that is popular varies over time with trends and fashion, and is an earlier version of what we now term "viral" : things gaining ground because they have gained ground. It's a bit like the stock market : why does a share price go up? Because maybe some event triggered a blip. Perhaps a minor one. Then people realise it's "...


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I taught a popular musicology class for the last couple of quarters at UCSB last year. It's definitely a gray area, defined more by social convention than by anything musical. We had what I thought was a solid working definition though. Popular music is: Mass produced and disseminated - records get pressed, mp3s get posted on bandcamp, the public gets ...


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There are many eras and styles of country music, and each has characteristic rhythms, instrumentation and techniques. The Origin: Ralph Peer goes to Bristol, TN, to record local musicians, including Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Instrumentation is acoustic instruments, like acoustic guitar, autoharp, and fiddle (books have been written about old-time ...


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