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Rock Song Form

  • Exploring Common Forms and Chord Progressions in 20th Century Rock Genre
  • Composing a Rock Song

Rock Song Form

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:05
    • Rock is Derived from Blues
  • 12 Bar Blues Form 0:32
    • 3 Phrases in the 12 Bar Form
    • The 3 Phrases
    • Common Blues Chord Progression
    • Let's Listen to an Example
  • 16 Bar Blues Form 2:43
    • 4 Phrases in the 16 Bar Form
    • The 4 Phrases
    • Common Blues Chord Progression
    • The Difference Between 12 and 16 Bar Form
    • Another Common Chord Progression
    • Let's Listen to an Example
  • 12 Bar Blues: Elvis Presley Hound Dog 5:27
    • Write Out the Lyrics
    • The First Measure
    • The Second Measure
    • Played on the Keyboard
    • The Last Measure
    • All 12 Bars
  • 16 Bar Blues: Surfin USA 9:00
    • By the Beach Boys
    • The First Measure
    • The Second Measure
    • The Third Measure
    • The Last Measure
    • All 16 Bars
    • Played on the Keyboard
  • Example I: Create a 12 Bar Blues Form 13:28
  • Example II: 12 Bar Blues -cont.- 15:36
  • Example III: Create a 16 Bar Blues Form 18:45
  • Example IV: 16 Bar Blues -cont.- 21:23