N3 Understanding 20th & 21st C Music
At first this was music created by black Americans in the early 20th century. Features of the music may include syncopation and improvisation. Listen to this wonderful improvisation between Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea on a variety of keyboard instruments - listen out for lots of effects being used here!
Disco is a genre of music which was popular from the mid to
late 1970s. Its initial audiences were club-goers from the African American, Latino, Italian American, and psychedelic communities in New York City and Philadelphia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco also was a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period. Women embraced disco as well, and the music eventually expanded to several other popular groups of the time. Listen to the biggest disco band in Europe of all time - ABBA - sing "Dancing Queen"
Blues started as Black American folk music, developing from
spirituals and work songs. Blues music is often in 4/4 time and is mostly patterned on a 12-bar structure (although 8 and 16 bars are also found) and on a scale where some notes are flattened. Due to its origins in slavery, blues music tends to have a sadness to it. Listen to Eric Clapton sing "The Hoochie Coochie Man" originally written by Muddy Waters
A style of popular music with a heavy, driving beat. Usually
features electric guitar, bass guitar and drum kit. Listen to Deep Purple arguably playing their most famous track "Smoke on the Water"