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Understanding Popular Music

David Ventura

  

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  • Published: 09/01/12
  • ISBN: 9781780382494
  • Extent: 160 pages
  • Format: Book
  • Extras: companion website, teacher notes, playlists

Fire your passion for pop with this story of popular music through a study of the key themes of style, performers and instruments. The book provides a vivid account of the history of pop, rock, soul, electronic and dance forms from 1950 right up to the present day, and is illustrated throughout.

An accessible and invaluable reference resource for students and teachers of GCSE and A level Music, Music Technology and BTEC, it will also appeal to general readers interested in the development of popular music and compositional techniques.

 

YouTube and Spotify playlists make it easy to access the songs discussed in the book, and original audio is available within the supplmentary material (see Supplementary Content tab to the right) demonstrating some of the key techniques.        

                  

"The best overview of popular music styles that I have seen"
Jane Werry - Music Teacher, May 2012

 

"My B Mus degree in the 1980s was almost completely geared towards classical music. That was very useful, at the time, but increasingly I need to be aware of pop, rock and other modern styles which my piano pupils are familiar with. This book comes with an accompanying web site with extra resources, as well as links to "youtube" and "spotify". Musical examples are in treble clef as well as TAB. Extremely well researched."
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The supplementary material consists of original audio, demonstrating some of the key techniques discussed throughout the book. You will also find free teacher notes demonstrating how the book can be used to support GCSE, BTEC and A level Music and Music Technology. Access this by going to My Account and inserting the code printed in the front of the book.

 

 

 

Chapter 1

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Page 2 - Piano chords and scales demonstrating ‘blue note’ clashes

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Page 2 - Harmonica sounds

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Page 5 - Boogie Woogie piano

Chapter 2

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Page 23 - Example of reverberation

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Page 25 - Some guitar playing styles

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Page 26 - Example of square wave

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Page 29 - Modes

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Page 33 - A Hammond organ

Chapter 3

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Page 38 - The minor pentatonic scale

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Page 42 - Recording studio techniques: echo, ADT, flange, phase, overdrive, backward tape, panning

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Page 46 - Guitar harmonics

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Page 47 - Guitar effects: Wah-wah and chorus

Chapter 4

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Page 54 - Example of a glissando

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Page 58 - Three synth envelopes

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Page 58 - Portamento

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Page 58 - Low pass filter

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Page 58 - Sawtooth

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Page 59 - Congas

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Page 65 - Counterpoint

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Page 67 - Polyrhythms

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Page 70 - Functional harmony

Chapter 5

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Page 77 - Sequenced patterns

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Page 82 - Triggered samples

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Page 84 - Power chords

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Page 92 - Major pentatonic

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Page 92 - Suspensions

Suspensions

Teacher Notes