Guitar Popular Music Techniques: an examination of four different guitar pieces, genres, scenarios.

Guitar Popular Music Techniques: an examination of four different guitar pieces, genres, scenarios.
Please only accept the task if you are a guitarist and have knowledge in history and sociology of music, because the paper is centered on the analysis of four different guitar pieces from a musical and sociological/historical point of view. Please use mostly academic sources (or other relevant sources, if necessary) as references. For each song (approx 410 words each) two main analyses should be conducted: 1) An analysis of – song structure; – harmonic or melodic relevant aspects that affect the instrumental technique required; – instrumental technique key elements, rhythmic elements (where appropriate); – stylistic key aspects. 2) Related to the instrumental technique or stylistic technique required, an analysis of: – the historical/social aspects that influenced the song writing process, OR – the band/composer historical period that influenced his/her/their technique or song writing. (Please consider sociology of music and history of music references for this second part) I attached the music scores for all the four following songs. Details below: MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT – Joe Pass feat. Ella Fitzgerald (Easy Living, 1986) Genre: Jazz – song structure – relevant harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements present in the piece which are also iconic and distinctive of Joe Pass’ performing and arranging practice – instrumental techniques used in the piece – peculiar stylistic elements – Explanation of Joe Pass’ jazz period and influences (Charlie Christian, Django, jazz orchestras…) – His collaboration with Ella Fitzgerald – Sociological components that influenced his musical practice – His relevance in jazz history LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY James Taylor (Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, 1971) Genre: Neofolk – song structure and meaning – relevant harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements present in the piece which are also iconic and distinctive of James Taylor’s composing and performing practice – instrumental techniques used – other peculiar stylistic elements (if present) – Some history of the song’s musical genre, James Taylor’s positioning among other folk and country American singer-songwriters – The importance of the lyrics in his songwriting as a manifestation of his poetics and political position – The composer’s historical period/sociological perspectives that influenced his song writing. BLOOD BROTHER Tommy Emmanuel (It’s Never Too Late, 2015) – song structure – relevant harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements present in the piece also iconic and distinctive of Tommy Emmanuel as a performer, composer and arranger – instrumental techniques used in the piece (also compared to his different fingerstyle technique deployed in other compositions) – peculiar stylistic elements of the genre if appropriate – Explanation of Emmanuel’s originality and uniqueness as a contemporary guitarist – His possible influences (or the influences of fingerpicking) – Whether he has in anyway resented of the present society or historical period TANGO EN SKAI Roland Dyens (1985) Genre: Tango – song structure – relevant harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements present in the piece distinctive of Roland Dyens’ performing and arranging practice on classical guitar – instrumental techniques used in the piece – peculiar stylistic elements deriving from the genre of tango – Dyens’ innovating introduction of modern and popular structures, themes and harmonies into the classical repertoire – His value as a performer – His relevance in academic guitar didactics