Music in Our World: Harmonizing

Music in” rel=”nofollow”>in Our World: Harmonizin” rel=”nofollow”>ing
Order Description
Harmonizin” rel=”nofollow”>ing – Introduction

Read Chapter 10 (attached)

Much of the popular and folk (VERNACULAR) music we listen to is relatively simple harmonically. It often consists of only tonic, domin” rel=”nofollow”>inant, and subdomin” rel=”nofollow”>inant chords in” rel=”nofollow”>in
various combin” rel=”nofollow”>inations to create a repeatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing harmonic/ chord progression that a melody is played or sung over. Usually it is diatonic, and modulation is the exception
rather than the rule. (Remember La Bamba?)
The tonality is established in” rel=”nofollow”>in the begin” rel=”nofollow”>innin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, and remain” rel=”nofollow”>ins clear and unchangin” rel=”nofollow”>ing throughout the song.

Vocal harmonizin” rel=”nofollow”>ing can either be composed (prearranged) or improvised on the spot, dependin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on the skill of the sin” rel=”nofollow”>ingers. The 2 songs we will listen to in” rel=”nofollow”>in this chapter
were recorded in” rel=”nofollow”>in a studio, and are prearranged. But the rehearsals of these songs prior to recordin” rel=”nofollow”>ing probably had much experimentation to explore the best
harmonization possibilities.

When a song has the same melody for each of its verses, and the same melody (typically different from the verse melody) for each of it’s choruses, it is considered to
be in” rel=”nofollow”>in Strophic song form. Most popular music today is strophic. In a strophic song, the chorus usually has the same repeatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing words as well a repeatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing melody, and
each verse typically has new words to further the story. It’s sort of like a book where each Verse is a different chapter in” rel=”nofollow”>in your story, and the Chorus rein” rel=”nofollow”>inforces the
main” rel=”nofollow”>in theme again” rel=”nofollow”>in and again” rel=”nofollow”>in.
Harmonizin” rel=”nofollow”>ing – Activity #1

Click on the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing lin” rel=”nofollow”>ink to listen to: This Land is Your Land

I wasn’t able to in” rel=”nofollow”>include the lin” rel=”nofollow”>ink, but anyone on youtube.com should be ok.

The chord progression in” rel=”nofollow”>in this song is:

IV I V I IV I V I

I =Tonic
IV =Subdomin” rel=”nofollow”>inant
V =Domin” rel=”nofollow”>inant

Each chord is held for 1 measure (4 beats), makin” rel=”nofollow”>ing up an 8 bar phrase that repeats throughout the song.

As you listen again” rel=”nofollow”>in, notice:

First Chorus (CH), full vocal harmonization, antiphony between vocals and harmonica

First Verse (V), heterophony between male and female vocals sin” rel=”nofollow”>ingin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>in octaves, at end harmonization leadin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>into CH, harmonica fills contin” rel=”nofollow”>inue.

Second CH, full vocal harmonization as in” rel=”nofollow”>in CH 1, without harmonica

Guitar solo over same chord changes, restatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the melody with variations. Banjo Accompaniment.

Second V Pete sin” rel=”nofollow”>ings a harmony rather than the melody for first half, then sin” rel=”nofollow”>ings melody second half leadin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>into CH

Third CH, full vocal harmonization

Harmonica solo over same chord changes, guitar and Banjo Accompaniment.

Third V, Pete ad-libs phrase first half, and sin” rel=”nofollow”>ings second half in” rel=”nofollow”>in octaves with woman. Harmonica gives upbeat accompaniment to give different feel.

Fourth CH, full vocal harmonization, lead sin” rel=”nofollow”>inger sin” rel=”nofollow”>ings variations over harmonization

Fifth CH, repeat of CH for emphasis
Read analysis pg. 194-195

Try to analyze it further. (no work needed here)

→Meter? Does each section have a clear meter? Subdivisions? Syncopation? Does the tempo change?

→Texture? Is there a melody? Is there accompaniment? Is there antiphony? What kin” rel=”nofollow”>ind of texture do you hear?

→Instrumentation? Which in” rel=”nofollow”>instruments do you hear?

→Phrasin” rel=”nofollow”>ing? Are there phrases that repeat? Are they balanced or unbalanced? How would you describe the phrases?

→Melodic Characteristics? Describe the melody. Conjunct or disjunct? Large or small range? Text settin” rel=”nofollow”>ing? How does it compare with other melodies we’ve heard?

→Form? Are there sections? What delin” rel=”nofollow”>ineates the sections? Do they repeat?

Instructor analysis attached for This Land is Your Land.

Harmonizin” rel=”nofollow”>ing – Activity #2
Click on the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing lin” rel=”nofollow”>ink to listen to Brin” rel=”nofollow”>ing Me Little Water Silvy

I wasn’t not able to in” rel=”nofollow”>include the lin” rel=”nofollow”>ink, but what’s on youtube.com should be ok.

The chord progression in” rel=”nofollow”>in this song is:

I V IV I

Each chord is held for 1 measure (4 beats), makin” rel=”nofollow”>ing up a 4 bar phrase. This progression repeats throughout the song.
As you listen again” rel=”nofollow”>in, notice:

First Chorus (CH), vocal harmonization, homorhythmic

First Verse (V), bass part is added

Second CH, full vocal harmonization as in” rel=”nofollow”>in CH 1

Second V like 1st V, new words

Third CH, full vocal harmonization as in” rel=”nofollow”>in CH 1, dynamic swells

Third V, lead sin” rel=”nofollow”>inger sin” rel=”nofollow”>ings solo/variation while background vocals hum. Not homorhythmic, but still homophonic.

Fourth V contin” rel=”nofollow”>inues in” rel=”nofollow”>in manner of third V

Fourth CH, repeat of Third CH, heterophony at 1:57 with bass voice fill
Read analysis pg. 198-199

Try to analyze it further. (no work necessary)

Meter? Does each section have a clear meter? Subdivisions? Syncopation? Does the tempo change?

Texture? Is there a melody? Is there accompaniment? Is there antiphony? What kin” rel=”nofollow”>ind of texture do you hear?

Instrumentation? Which in” rel=”nofollow”>instruments do you hear?

Phrasin” rel=”nofollow”>ing? Are there phrases that repeat? Are they balanced or unbalanced? How would you describe the phrases?

Melodic Characteristics? Describe the melody. Conjunct or disjunct? Large or small range? Text settin” rel=”nofollow”>ing? How does it compare with other melodies we’ve heard?

Form? Are there sections? What delin” rel=”nofollow”>ineates the sections? Do they repeat?

Instructor analysis attached for Brin” rel=”nofollow”>ing me Water Little Sylvie

Answer Question:
Let’s compare and contrast the 2 songs This Land is Your Land, and Brin” rel=”nofollow”>ing Me Little Water Silvy.

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