Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hip Hop music

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop rap music or hip-hop music is a musical genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: Raping, DJing, Breaking or dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling and beatboxing. 
While often used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip-hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip-hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, Breaking, Raping. 
Character :
. DJ Kool Herc
. Public enemy
. De La Soul
. DJ Hero

Characteristics : 
. Have DJ
. Raping
. Breaking
. Dancing
. Beatboxing

Country music

Country music is a popular American style that began in the Southern United states  in the 1920s.
The term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music. The term country music is used today to describe many style and subgenres.
Harlan Howard stated "Country music is three chords and the truth."
Famous character :
. Venin Dalhart
. Roy Acuff
. Red Foley
. Jhonny Cash
. jim Reeves
. Willie nelson 

Modern country famous character :
. Miley Cyrus
. Taylor swift

Characteristic :
. Chord progression : Mostly I - IV - I - V(7) - I  
. Melody: Very catchy simple melodies - easy so people can sing along
. Lyrics: Usualy about failed loves, deep loves, travelling, loneliness, etc. in the form af a letter or as if you are talking to someone directly.

. Instrumentation: Mostly includes vocals, guitar, drums, bass, madolin, harmonica, banjo, dobro, and other folk instruments, 

. Vocals : Often harmonized especially at the chorus. Mostly, you will find it is harmonized with a 3rd either above or under melody.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blues music

Blues is the name given to both a musical forms and music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spiritual, work songs,field holder , shouts, and rhymed simple narrative ballads

in blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the 12 bar blues chord progression is the most common. 
The term " the blues" refers to the "blues devils" which mean melancholy and sadness  an early use of the term in this sense is found in George Colman's one-act farce Blue Devils (1798).

The basic 12-bar lyric framework of a blues composition is reflected by a standard harmonic progression of 12 bars in a 4/4 time signature. The blues chords associated to a 12 bar blues are typically a set of three different chords played over a 12-bar scheme.

The lyrics of early traditional blues verses probably often consisted of a single line repeated four times; it was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the so-called AAB pattern, consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, and then a longer concluding line over the last bars.

Blues musical styles, forms (12-bar blues), melodies, and the blues scale have influenced many other genres of music, such as rock and roll, jazz, and popular music.