Archives for January2011

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An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Modes

A Little Drag – Time-feel analysis in Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’

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A Little Drag.pdf (321 KB)

 

Extract from my PhD, an analysis of time-feel (rhythmic groove that escapes standard notation) in Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ – rehearsal in This Is It (2010)
Audio extracts below.All transcription analysis and text ©2010 Milton Mermikides

The Way You Make Me Feel – Extract A by Michael Jackson  
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1.23 Michael Jackson Swing – Extract A.mp3 (198 KB)

 

Extract A Clicks by Milton Mermikides  
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1.24 Extract A clicks.mp3 (221 KB)

 

The Way You Make Me Feel – Extract B by Michael Jackson  
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1.25 Extract B.mp3 (506 KB)

 

Extract B 2 Of 67,69,71,73,75 by Milton Mermikides  
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1.26 Extract B 2 of 67,69,71,73,75.mp3 (740 KB)

The Science and Art of Tuning – Lecture Slides

40 Elements of Popular Music Harmony

Not a comprehensive list, but understanding these elements (many covered in the Popular Music Harmony documents already posted) can really help understand the use of harmony is wide range of pieces in the jazz, rock, funk, blues, metal and pop idioms. In the future I’ll post some analyses of a range of tunes and show how this wide knowledge is needed to really understand what’s going on in contemporary popular music.
Simple? No. Don’t confuse accessible with simple. To really appreciate the harmony of the Beatles, Beck, Hancock, Gershwin and Stevie Wonder one needs as much understanding as that of ‘classical’ music harmony.

Phdone

Well it is done. Submitted with minuscule (and astutely perceived) corrections. I started this beast not long before leukaemia diagnosis in 2004. So give that and the part-time nature, 2010 isn’t that bad, but I could have done better.

If you’d like to read it – you are most welcome – all feedback welcome. There are some parts I am quite proud of, and others that were useful learning experiences. Now it’s done, I feel I can start again – white belt.

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