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My three part coursework involving a performance of three selected songs, writing about the pieces performed and composing in the style of the songs chosen is based on a 70's music theme.

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My three part coursework involving a performance of three selected songs, writing about the pieces performed and composing in the style of the songs chosen is based on a 70's music theme. The three songs I have chosen to play are connected within this style of music. They are: 1. Super Trouper - Lyrics & Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus 2. I'd Like to Teach The World To Sing - Lyrics and Music by Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Billy Backer and Billy Davis 3. The Winner Takes It All - Lyrics & Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus What Is 70's Music? The history of popular music in the 1970s is basically that of rock music, which, with its variants, including disco, punk, and rap music, which mostly spread throughout the world and became the standard musical idiom for young people in many countries in the 1980's. The characteristics Features of 70's Style Music: Glam rock artists David Bowie Alice Cooper Gary Glitter Mott The Hoople New York Dolls Roxy Music Suzi Quatro Slade The Sweet T.Rex The pieces that I have selected to play all connected together because of their 70's music characteristics do obviously have things in common. Each piece has the same metre of beats per bar. Four beats in every bar, whether it is in the form of eighth notes or crochet beats. The person that has arranged the music especially for my instrument (the keyboard) has suggested for each piece; a registration, rhythm, and the tempo for the preset rhythm. ...read more.

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I will start the piece with a drum beat introduction as the first bar does not start with a chord. I have used the keyboards chord ability to switch from normal chords to fingered chords to achieve a higher sense of difficulty. This means instead of holding down one key to get a chord, three have to be held. During the song I will use a few techniques to just slightly change the performance. Small gaps in the melody can be used to change the rhythm played in the background. During the first playing of the song I will press the variation fill in button every time there is a reasonable length pause between the notes. This slightly changes the preset rhythm in a way that the beat stops and a minor drum improvisation takes place and then back to the regular rhythm. When I reach the Dal Segno Al Fine (Meaning go back to the sign: and play through the same music as before until you reach the word "Fine". This is where the piece ends) I will play through again and this time do the same as before but at the first pause I will press the second variation fill in button which adds an extra accompaniment to the backing rhythm. Another suitable technique I could use is simply to change the registration already suggested. I would do this before I finish the first playing. A method also like this is to change the suggested backing rhythm as well. ...read more.

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This means instead of holding down one key to get a chord, three have to be held. During the song I will use a few techniques to just slightly change the performance. Small gaps in the melody can be used to change the rhythm played in the background. During the first playing of the song I will press the variation fill in button every time there is a reasonable length pause between the notes. This slightly changes the preset rhythm in a way that the beat stops and a minor drum improvisation takes place and then back to the regular rhythm. When I reach the end of the first playing I will leave a small gap and change the tone of the instrument. Then when I play it through again I will use the other variation fill in button, which adds an extra instrument accompaniment to the background rhythm. I will put this in on the first available space where no notes are played. Then again like before in the first playing I will press the original variation fill in button in every available gap. I will experiment with changing from the suggested registration to the new one. Then it will be clear what to use in the performance. I will end the song with the preset ending, which the background rhythm has. With preliminary experiments I will also use the keyboards ability to change the volume of the rhythm so that the instrument played over the top as trumpet can be suitably heard. The Winner Takes It All: Lyrics & Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus ...read more.

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