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What to Listen For in RockA Stylistic Analysis$
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Ken Stephenson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092394

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092394.001.0001

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Key and Mode

Key and Mode

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(p.29) 2 Key and Mode
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What to Listen For in Rock
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Ken Stephenson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092394.003.0003

This chapter examines the key and mode of rock music. It shows how key is suggested in a few simple cases by the presence of traditional features, outlines some common patterns of modulation, identifies some nontraditional features of keys in rock that may provide additional clues to key identity, and determines which traditional features most often operate in this body of music to provide clues to the listener. It also mentions that the specific patterns employed in rock are not always the same as the traditional patterns.

Keywords:   key, mode, rock music, modulation, key identity, traditional patterns

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