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PostSubject: Guide To Progressive Music.   Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:20 am

Music is not what you know it to be, when you hear Progressive music you would think of bands such as Rush or Dream Thearter. But you know the difference Rush is Progressive Rock and Dream Thearter is Progressive Metal. Progressive is only a term to describe the type of music, it is not nessicarily a genre but a way of describing a band that uses odd time signatures, rhythm, texture, and melody. There are some other traits.

Main Characteristics:

Form: Form in music is basically song structure, in most popular music you will find the Structure to be:

Intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-Bridge-instrumental-outro
Intro-verse-pre chorus-chorus-verse-pre chorus-chorus-instrumental-pre chorus-chorus

But progressive tends to take a aim at much more unique, yet fitting structure in there songs. Sometimes bands go into no certain pattern at all, which makes it even more awesome.

Tibre: More along the lines of use of diffrent instruments such as Synths, Flutes, etc. Not much else to it really.

Rhythm: For those who dont know Rhythm is what keeps the music together and "on beat" as you younginz call it these days. Rhythm is important in ALL music modern old, no matter what unless you want to be an asshole and make.. Unmusic? Anyways rhythm in progressive music is extremely complex using odd time signatures instead of the mainstream friend 4/4.

A good example of this would be Dream Theater. Take a look at this video and listen to the drumming:



If you're interested in learning more, check out these songs:
Rush - YYZ - 10/8 (This song however has a shitload of changes in it, so pay attention).
Symphony X - The Accolade - 7/4
Steve Vai - The Attitude Song - 7/16

Melody and Harmony: In Prog music, they stray away from the widely used blues scales of the mainstream viewer and look tword jazz and classical musicians(Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and many other neo-classical musicians.)

Melody in Progressive music are more Modal then using the Penatonic Scale (the most used scale in music.)
Passages are far more longer then short and catchy like most mainstream music(Which can be described as a hook). There really isnt much else I can tell you except just try to stay away from the penatonic scales, and blues scales in general. Look twords neo-classical, classical, and jazz bands for influence.

Texture: Texture being such a broad term is hard to describe, but yet so easy. Do you want your audience to feel like there in a mountain? Use mountain-esque ambience in your music. Do you want your audience to feel like there a viking in greenland(I seriously have no idea what im talking about right there haha), then use snow, angst inspiring, warlike, viking theme'd sounds in your music.
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