Why most pop/rock is dire – a theory

1. In the old Form Two [now Year 8], I scored 99% for music theory in my final exam, despite playing no musical instrument.

2. This blog has run a few musical posts on theory, from atonalism to the Baroque to other posts and theory is always an interest of mine.

3. There are issues just running songs or music on a blog, mainly that:

a. Each person has his/her own musical taste, so it is a dead post for most;
b. The fidelity of a youtube is nowhere near satisfying enough.

I’ll sometimes post songs but not in a regular Friday Music format, especially with pop/rock, but also with two exceptions – Sunday Jazz and Tuesday Classical.

However, musical theory is always a go at this blog. Hence this very interesting take on why most pop/rock is dire:

4 comments for “Why most pop/rock is dire – a theory

  1. dearieme
    January 20, 2018 at 22:29

    My wife met a chap who is a classical cellist but who makes his living mostly from playing the guitar in pop recording studios. As he said, he only ever played four chords.

    But then, the blues used to be called “the three chord trick”.

  2. woodsy42
    January 21, 2018 at 22:43

    It’s impossible to stop the video and clearly see his left hand (Youtube sticks crap over it when paused) but it looks like he is playing a D, which isn’t in his 4 chord graphic. I found his point interesting but his expanation somewhat annoying because he doesn’t clearly state what chords he is discussing.

    • January 21, 2018 at 23:22

      Yes, designed to annoy, this was its purpose. 🙂

      • woodsy42
        January 22, 2018 at 09:35

        I should have known you would do that! 🙂

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