How Rock Music Came To BePosted by Mike Schumacher
As we all know, music has always been an important part of our lives. It is something that most people have at least some small piece within them. Whether it be singing or playing instruments, there’s almost sure to be someone out there who can do it!
However, not everyone realizes how much impact music has had on our culture. Since the birth of civilization, musicians have gathered in groups to sing songs, tell stories, and celebrate significant events with each other. This shared experience gives us context for understanding the world around us and connects us as humans.
Furthermore, music has shaped society, economy, and politics throughout history. Powerful singers have influenced the way their listeners feel and acted; politicians use song lyrics to appeal to voters. A famous example of this is when President Franklin D. Roosevelt would recite “I Have a Dream” before large gatherings to emphasize his message.
In this article you will learn about five major ways rock music impacts the world around us.
Early blues music
Become a 'Drummer 4/4 Life' with our exclusive JA t-shirt!
Show your dedication to rhythm with our unique 'Drummer 4/4 Life' t-shirt. Proudly display a music staff with the 4/4 time signature, the heart of most popular music beats. This piece of Jam Addict attire not only makes a bold statement about your passion for drumming, but it also lets you be a part of the JA community, a team dedicated to fostering musicians for years.
Blues, as we know it today, is an amalgamation of styles that include classic rock songs with lyrics about life and love. Before there was blues, there were early forms of music that have been categorized as “blues”. These types of music are characterized by their use of third intervals (think major second or minor sixth) and syncopation (alternating between fast and slow tempos). When musicians incorporated these elements into their tunes, they dubbed this new style “bluegrass” because those sounds resemble the rolling hills of Kentucky where many bluegrass musicians grew up!
However, not all artists using these musical tools considered themselves to be part of the same genre. For example, while Elvis might play around with tempo and rhythm in his songs, he never referred to himself as a “blue singer”.
Furthermore, some people believe that the term “rock” should only apply to music that uses familiar chord progressions and rhythms. Artists like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin fit this description, but you would probably argue whether or not their music falls under the category of “pop” rather than “hard rock” or even “classic rock”.
Early jazz music
Jazz, which is typically understood to mean something along the lines of “a style that features improvisation” or even “the playing of improvised musical passages”, did not have this definition for very long. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1920s when musicians began using the term ‘jazz’ to describe their music.
The word was first used in 1878 by an author who described black artists performing what they called ‘negro music’ as being characterized by its use of syncopated rhythms and polyphonic melodies. These sounds were said to resemble those found in nature.
It took another twenty years before someone actually applied the term to a genre of music, and then only under specific conditions. The person who coined the term didn’t consider his/her music to be jazz unless it contained both of these characteristics.
In other words, it wasn’t just enough to play some songs with lots of rhythm and some tunes with some melody – you had to do both to be considered part of the genre! This isn’t to say that early jazz musicians weren’t aware of how people categorized their music as jazz, but it seems like they wanted more credit for the name than they probably deserved.
Nevertheless, many of these pioneers are still regarded as important figures in the history of jazz because they helped define the genre we know today.
Early country music
Country originated in Britain, where it was heavily influenced by American folk songs and traditions. British artists began to blend elements of these cultures into their own style, creating what we now know as “country” music.
Early pioneers of this genre included William Henry Allen, who recorded several sets of cowboy ballads in the 1840s; George Jones, whose work is considered part of early country due to its use of Appalachian melodies and poetic lyrics that emphasize nature and rural life (think: Nashville); and Robert B. Smith, best known for his collaborations with Johnny Cash, including the classic “Fistful of Dollars.”
These three musicians all contributed to the development of what would become mainstream country, but they didn’t necessarily consider themselves part of the movement. Rather than using the term “rock” to describe their music, they used terms like “folk song” or “ballad.”
However, many later critics did apply the label “rock” to country music, so it eventually became impossible to play up without it. Even today, people sometimes refer to artists such as Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Shania Twain as rock singers!
Music lovers around the world have come to recognize the power and influence of country on pop culture. Since its inception, this genre has offered a sense of escapism through its lush instrumentation, catchy rhythms, and relatable narratives.
Early rap music
Some say that hip hop was invented in New York when DJs would rattle off lyrics while playing records. This style of music is known as DJing or Rap. As time progressed, these rappers wanted to be more than just a voice for the songs they played, so they started singing their own lyrics! These are called lyrical artists.
The first people to do this were from NYC, which is where most of the hip hop genre comes from. They would use rhyme and rhythm to tell stories about their lives and what went down around them. These individuals made up the early hip-hop genre and culture.
People credit Notorious BIG (Nebulous Bigg Chazz) with creating an element of the song that has influenced other musicians. He would repeat short phrases or words within his rhymes several times – this is called sampling. Artists have used his work as inspiration for songs such as “Bling Blang” by Drake or “Paper Trail” by The Weeknd.
Artists also take influence from each other, lifting small bits of lyrics or melodies and building upon them. For example, if one artist uses a word or phrase well, they will sometimes slightly change it or add another syllable to make it sound better. This process is called polishing your craft and works best if you are listening to the art form closely.
Early hard rock music
Before bands like Led Zeppelin, Metallica, or Black Sabbath existed, there was an early form of hard rock that emerged in America. This genre is known as “early hard rock” because it began developing around 1965-1975 when it first started getting popular. Some may even consider this era to be the birth of heavy metal!
Early hard rock musicians included The Who, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Cream, Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Maiden, and many more! These artists not only influenced later generations of hard rock musicians but paved way for heavier songs with longer lyrics.
Some say that what makes early hard rock different from other genres is its use of extended guitar riffs and solos. Many believe this influence comes from guitarist Les Paul who pioneered the electric guitar by creating his own style.
Early heavy metal music
Before there was grunge, before there were hair bands, there was early heavy metal. Heavy metal as we know it today didn’t exist until the late 1970s, but its roots go back much earlier than that!
In fact, some would say that its roots are in pure power. Power in melody, rhythm, and intensity. Powerful songs with powerful messages. And lots of instruments including ones no one has ever heard of before!
Early heavy metals influenced many other genres and even survived beyond their initial glory. But they also left an impact on musicians who have taken inspiration from them for their own work.
We can link early heavy metal to any number of sounds, styles, and periods in musical history, so let’s take a closer look at what makes up some classic early metal tunes!
Music theory isn’t just about knowing how to play a few notes – it goes deep into concepts like tonality, modes, major and minor scales, and diatonic chords.
But what most people refer to when they talk about “key” is actually called a mode. A key is simply a way to write down your song so that you can easily find the next note. For example, if your song starts with G, then the new note will be H. If your song uses A as its main scale, then B will get you where you want to go.
Early pop music
Before we talk about what makes rock music different, let’s talk about something that is common to almost all types of music: their lyrics. Almost every genre of music has songs with inspirational or motivational lyrics that appeal to various themes such as love, life, hope, etc.
Early musical forms such as flutes and drums are too simple for people to argue that they constitute true music; however, there have been some attempts to include them in this category. Technically, these kinds of sounds can be considered music because they can be interpreted emotionally, but they are not complex enough for anyone to describe them as having rhythm or melodies.
In fact, early musicians did not consider themselves poets or writers! They thought of themselves as instrumentalists who played beautiful sounds to inspire awe. In other words, they did not necessarily feel compelled to use language to express how they felt.
It was not until later generations of musicians that songwriting became an integral part of the craft. Some say that it was the French Revolution that inspired artists to write about their experiences so that others could learn from them.
Early rhythm and blues music
Rhythm and blues is a genre of music that got its start in America. It was made famous by artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and many others.
Rhythm and blues musicians used instruments such as the guitar, bass, piano, and drums. These musicians would use these instruments to create songs with lyrics about love, life, and death.
Their style of music could be described as energetic and catchy. Some say this type of music helped inspire rock music!
Early black music inspired people to dance, which is why so many genres of music have their roots in R&B. _________________
This article will talk about some important points regarding early rhythm and blues music. Make sure you pay close attention and look forward to learning more!
Firstly, let’s discuss what makes up an r & b song. A typical r & b song has a verse, a chorus, and a middle section or bridge.
The bridge usually contains two to four musical notes and typically sounds like it is going down before it goes back up. This gives the song a sense of relaxation and ease. An example of this is when someone listens to a r & b song where the artist sings something like “I ain’t mad at you, I just can’t stand you no more.
The Jam Addict team is a revolving door of writers who care about music, its effects on culture, and giving aspiring artists tools and knowledge to be inspired and keep on creating.
If you have any questions or concerns or just want to drop us a line, don’t hesitate to contact us! We always appreciate the feedback.