Musical Genres and Forms

In This Chapter

  • Discovering classical music forms
  • Turning on to blues and jazz
  • Learning more about folk, rock, country, and other popular music

Although basic music theory applies to all forms of music, it helps to know the different genres and forms out there. Yes, a quarter note is a quarter note is a quarter note, but how those notes are put together distinguishes jazz sounds from country or symphony sounds from today’s pop songs.

Classical Music

Our examination of musical forms starts with what most of us call “classical” music. It turns out there are a lot of different types of classical music, many ...

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