Popular music styles

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Popular music is music with wide appeal. These styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training.

The term originated in the 1880s in the United States. Popular music is a generic term for a wide variety of genres of music that appeal to the tastes of a large segment of the population.

Popular music songs typically have easily singable melodies.

The song structure of popular music commonly involves repetition of sections, with the verse and chorus repeating throughout the song.

National 3

Styles

Styles introduced at National 3 are Blues, Jazz, Latin American, Pop, Rock and Rock 'n' roll.

Instruments

Instruments introduced at National 3 are Acoustic guitar, Drum kit and Electric guitar.

Melody/Harmony

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 3 are Answer, Ascending, Descending, Improvisation and Question.

Texture/Structure/Form

Texture/Structure/Form concepts introduced at National 3 are Ostinato, Repetition, Riff and Round.

National 4

Styles

Styles introduced at National 4 are Ragtime, Rapping, Reggae and Swing.

Instruments

Instruments introduced at National 4 are Backing vocals and Bass guitar.

Melody/Harmony

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 4 are Change of key, Chord progressions, Scat singing and Vamp.

Rhythm/Tempo

Rhythm/Tempo concept introduced at National 4 is Syncopation.

Texture/Structure/Form

Texture/Structure/Form concepts introduced at National 4 are ABA, Middle eight, Ternary and Verse and chorus.

National 5

Styles

Styles introduced at National 5 are Celtic rock, Gospel, Indian and Minimalist.

Melody/Harmony

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 5 are Chord progressions, Modulation and Pitch bend.

Texture/Structure/Form

Texture/Structure/Form concepts introduced at National 5 are AB, Alberti bass, Binary, Rondo, Strophic and Walking bass.

Timbre/Dynamics

Timbre/Dynamics concept introduced at National 5 is Reverb.