After a couple of sessions of working on the Mozart Sonata ( and now having my practice plan in place ), I decided to take a detour into popular music in C major listening. I started by googling the top 10 popular songs in C major.
- I felt a very strong A minor presence in many of these tunes
- Many of the songs borrowed chords outside of C major and A minor
- F major (subdominant) was used commonly in prechoruses and bridges – It can be used to create a pushing and escalating feeling
- Use of A minor creates emphasis – sometimes dramatic, sometimes powerful, sometimes emotional
- Lots of step wise motions in harmonies
- A variety of moods were created by C major (Dance-like, sadness, hopefulness..)
- In this particular playlist, the use of piano is significant in many of these songs.
- How do we differentiate a pop tune from a major key and it’s relative minor key?
- Do pop artists consider key when they write songs or is it based on vocal range?
- What will transcribing the bass line reveal about the harmony?
Popular Music in C major Listening
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