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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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Chord Type and Harmonic Palette

Chord Type and Harmonic Palette

(p.73) 4 Chord Type and Harmonic Palette
What to Listen For in Rock

Ken Stephenson

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the chord type and harmonic palette of rock music. It explains the concepts of melody and harmony and suggests that their interaction is best understood in relation to melody and harmony in Western music over the ages. It also analyzes the harmonic palette of several rock songs including The Beatles' “A Hard Day's Night”, The Eagles' “Take It To The Limit,”, and Soul Asylum's “Runaway Train”.

Keywords:   chord type, harmonic palette, rock music, Western music, The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, The Eagles, Take It To the Limit, Soul Asylum, Runaway Train

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