J Rock MusicPosted by Mike Schumacher
Let’s start with an easy one, shall we? The term music is pretty general. We can talk about songs or melodies, notes or sounds, rhythms or patterns, genres or types of music, and on and on.
Many people get confused as to what exactly “music” means though. Some think that it only refers to written music (like a song or album), while others believe that it only includes instruments like guitars, pianos, and drums. Yet other definitions include any sound or pattern that humans make using their voice or body.
All these different ideas are correct, but they contradict each other. Written music is definitely part of the definition of music, but not the whole thing! This article will focus more on this fact than on the rest.
This article also assumes you already know what makes up a piece of music. If you do not, you may want to look into that first! Many musicians have written books and material about music theory, so I will not go too in depth here. But if you would like some tips, check them out!
I will discuss how music is made outside of writing down notes, however. So whether your music consists of vocals, bass, guitar, keyboard, etc.
What is jhip hop?
Jhip hop, also known as jazz rap or urban music, comes from two sources: early rapping that incorporated lyrics with musical styles such as funk, soul, and new jack swing, and the use of “jazzy” elements in other types of music. These include samples (borrowed pieces of music) and interludes (short stories or narratives set within a song).
The first artists to blend these elements into their songs were The Bronx natives Master Gee and Grandmaster Flash. They both took rhythmic singing and spraying rhymes over classic New Jack Swing melodies and bass lines at very fast tempos. This style was later perfected by an artist who combined all three of those things into one: Jay Z!
Music producers have since adapted this style for many different genres, including pop, dance, rhythm and blues, and even country. Artists like Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West feature lots of sample usage and crafty layering of sound effects in their songs.
What makes something jhip hop isn’t just the element of sampling either; it’s the overall feel of the music and the lyrics. Both need to be quick and fun, emphasizing creativity and expression over having a strong narrative or story to tell.
Let’s talk about something that is typically not thought of as “rock music,” but actually is! That thing is called J-R&B or just plain old jazz rap. Some people may even refer to it as New Jack Swing or neo-disco.
A lot of people get stuck defining this genre because there are so many different artists who fit into it. It is really hard to define what makes an artist write or sing in this style, but we can say one thing for certain — all of these songs sound beautiful.
Music with lots of lush strings and melodies usually describe this genre well. Artists like Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and The Weeknd are very popular examples of musicians who pened lyrics in the jazz style.
Timberlake’s song “Rock Your Body” is a great example of how his vocals blend beautifully in the musical style.
Let’s talk about something that has gone completely overlooked when it comes to figuring out what kind of music you like – the genre! The term “genre” is unfortunately mostly associated with talking about artists and songs, but some people also use it to describe how a song sounds as well.
When we refer to a genre, we are usually referring to how a piece of art (the song) or product (the thing the song is for (film, advertisement, etc.) fits into. For example, if someone says they don’t like rock music, we often assume that they don’t like songs made up of lots of drums and guitars.
But what if they didn’t like the way the guitar sounded in the last rock song they listened to? What if they weren’t really into vocals at all? Or maybe they thought the lyrics were too flowery.
When talking about music genre, what is usually referred to as “J-Rock” or just plain “jrock” is typically described as having three major components: power chord progressions, heavy use of palm muting (or finger tapping), and lyrics that emphasize strong emotions.
Power chords are simply five notes strung together in order of ascending pitch. The most recognizable example of this type of song is something like Powerball with its repeated chorus of one note, two notes, and then back to one. Some versions add an octave jump at the end!
Palm muting means pressing your hand against the source of sound while it’s still coming out, effectively dampening the intensity. For instance, if you were singing along to a song and pressed your hands tightly over the mouthpiece, you would be muffling the voice.
Emotions can really put some songs over the top. Songs that focus on intense feelings are sometimes called emotional songs. A classic example of this is I Will Never Let You Out Of My Life, by Taylor Swift.
Let’s take a look at some examples of music that can be described as just plain “jumping.”
For example, here is an instrumental piece called “Dirty Work” by Australian band Dirty Deeds. The song begins with a bass line followed immediately by guitar before being joined by drums and then synths.
The lyrics tell the story of someone doing something they shouldn’t have been doing and how it makes them feel dirty. However, there is nothing moralistic about the lyrics, only descriptions of feelings.
Interlude after interlude, the song keeps up its energy level until it fades out completely.
The term “J” was first used to describe music in the 1980s. It is often referred to as hardcore punk, but that name was already taken! What sets this style of music apart from other styles are its lyrics, which tend to be more personal and direct.
The musicians who make up this genre typically use power chords (the easiest guitar chord for beginners) along with drop D or G shapes when playing their songs. When performing these songs, they usually hit high notes and/or use fast tempos.
J pop punk
J Pop is typically listened to for more than just one song, or even several songs. A few well-known tracks usually get people into the genre, but it’s the other parts of the music that make it truly stand out!
The bass line alone can be enough to win you over if you are a fan of strong bass sounds. The rousing chorus and/or vocal lines will also bring you back because they are catchy and powerful.
But what makes this genre unique is its use of frequent drops. These are short phrases or statements that rhyme and repeat in a fluid manner. Some examples include “Baby I wanna kiss you” or “Na na na hit lick me.” Others are much shorter like “wooh oop” or “da da dahhhhhhhh.”
These drops emphasize the beat more, creating a rhythm within the music. It is very easy to identify when these occur since there is a tone and intensity to them. They often blend seamlessly into another phrase or element of the song, making it hard to tell where the drop ends and the next thing starts.
Indie music is not limited to having only soft, peaceful songs with no energy. There are many artists that feature very loud or energetic songs! These musicians and bands play an integral part in developing your internal balance. They may use instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, or any other sound source to develop strength in you.
Indie music can be just as powerful for your mental health as softer tunes. It’s true – research has shown that listening to calm, gentle music can reduce stress and anxiety. But there is also evidence showing that intense music can have therapeutic effects, particularly for people who suffer from depression.
Certain types of indie music can help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Artists like Band of Horses, Frank Turner, and The 1975 emphasize strong emotional connections between listeners and the song lyrics. This effect helps reduce stress and worry about life.
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