Music is a cultural conception that spans divides between those from all walks of life and areas of the world. It brings them together because it is relatable and touches the heart even across language barriers. It is an art form and, for many, a lifestyle. It reflects values, traditions and philosophies. It is an integral part of society. The world is inundated with different musical genres that are constantly evolving, blending and emerging over time. There is blues music, country music, pop music, rock music, jazz and more. The lines between each are blurred since many were built upon earlier versions or formed of a conglomeration of techniques and sounds from varying styles. Rock, like the kind sang by Dan Avidan and his partner, is one unique type of popular music with many subtypes. In general, it is difficult to shoehorn into a square box. However, there are certain traits that are intrinsic to it.
1. Base Rhythm
Rock music is known for having a repetitive rhythm without syncopation that is based on a 4/4 meter (each measure consists of four quarter note beats). The hard, heavy, high energy pounding of drums and cymbals is also common to rock music. Besides being the rhythmic backbone, the drums also help drive the song to completion.
There are certain instruments normally found in rock bands like amplified electric guitars. The keyboard, electric bass and a full drumset are also typical of such groups, which usually consist of four members, a lead guitarist, a bass guitarist, a keyboard/piano player and a lead vocalist.
Riffs are repeated chord progressions/chords/notes in songs. They are major components of many popular rock compositions. Some are even created around one. They are usually associated with guitars, but since they are by definition simply a particular sequence of notes, they can technically be played on other instruments.
One of rock music’s major distinguishers is the culture built around it. It became and still is an actual lifestyle to many. Rock sprung from the rock and roll that started in the 1940s and 1950s, but the rock of today is a very different thing. It is heavily associated with rebellion, youth and intense, exuberant energy. Artists in this genre displayed a revolutionary attitude of disdain for tradition and defiance against the social norms. This way of thinking transferred to their fans, who readily embraced the new ideas. Because it encouraged straying from society’s standards, it has also been wrongly accused of imposing negative effects on teens.
Rock, like most musical categories, is not easy to define. It is a result of generations of musical combinations and innovations that has itself spawned numerous new derivatives, including synth rock, punk rock, indie rock, alternative rock, folk rock, glam rock, psychedelic rock and heavy metal. It has been seen as innovative, evil, amazing, countercultural, progressive and more as it has changed over time. While it cannot be stated to be exactly one thing because of this, it can be said that rock as a whole for the most part possesses the elements discussed here.