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Western Music Genere

Usually we came across these terms – Hip Hop , Pop, Rock , Jazz genre of music. Let’s try to understand a bit more about it

Hip Hop This is also known as rap music is credited to African / Latino Americans by end of 1960s and through out1970s. As per certain literature, it is credited to DJ Kool Herc, a Jamaican DJ who presented this form of music where in stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.
It can also be understood as rap is the musical practice of hip hop culture that features a vocalist, or master of ceremony (MC), reciting lyrics over a beat.

Pop Music It is this genre which majority of us remember as the greatest hits as it is characterized by good rhythm, a catchy melody, and are easy to remember and sing along to. The definition of pop music is quite flexible and it changes from nation to nation. But yet, it is widely considered to be a varient with in ppopular music which might have (if not fully at least some shades) stylistic traits such as a danceable rhythm or beat, simple melodies and a repeating structure and with lyrics having emotional appeal, relating to love or dancing

Rock Music This is a broad genre in music evolved as Rock and Roll in US in late 1940s and through out 1950s. Harsher and often self-consciously more serious than its predecessors, it was initially characterized by musical experimentation and drug-related or anti-establishment lyrics. It is characterized by simple tunes and a very strong beat that is played and sung, usually loudly, by a small group of people with electric guitars and drums.

The difference between “Rock” and “Pop” can be difficult to define, since, obviously, the genres blur together at some point. Rock is generally more uptempo, louder and rawer sounding, with a prominent rhythm section (bass, drums); Pop is generally understood to be softer, melody-driven, and more focused on vocals.

Jazz The word “jazz” probably derives from the slang word “jasm”which originally meant energy, vitality, spirit, pep. Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The jazz performer interprets a tune in individual ways, never playing the same composition twice. Depending on the performer’s mood, experience, and interaction with band members or audience members, the performer may change melodies, harmonies, and time signatures.

Jazz has all the elements that other music has: It has melody; that’s the tune of the song, the part you’re most likely to remember. It has harmony, the notes that make the melody sound fuller. It has rhythm, which is the heartbeat of the song. But what sets jazz apart is this cool thing called improvisation.

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