Summary

A study of guitar performance practice and harmonic-formal function in songs analyzed in Nicole Biamonte's Music Theory Spectrum article "Triadic Modal and Pentatonic Patterns in Rock Music" (2010).

Works Surveyed

Songs, form, and harmonic patterning of Biamonte Modal Corpus

Form:

 

I = Introduction
V = Verse
C = Chorus
S = Solo

Sp = Strophe
R = Refrain
Ie = Interlude
B = Bridge
P = Prechorus
Z = Postchorus
St = Statement
Re = Restatement
De = Departure
Co = Conclusion

 

Harmonic patterns:

 

Pentatonic 1: (1 flat-3 4 5 flat-7)

Pentatonic 3: (1 2 4 5 flat-7)

Pentatonic 4: (1 flat-3 5 flat-6 flat-7)

Pentatonic 1/4 subsets: (1 flat-3 5 flat-7)

Pentatonic 4 subsets: (1 flat-3 4 flat-6), (1 4 flat-6 flat-7)
no [1-7] = scale degree not included in representative passage

 

Format:

Artist
Song
Form
Harmonic pattern

ACDC

Back In Black

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 C3 B C4 O

double plagal, pentatonic 1

Aerosmith

Dream On

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 C3 B C4 O

aeolian

Alice Cooper

Elected

I V1 V2 C1 V3 C2 B V4 C3 O

aeolian-dorian no 6

Alice Cooper

I'm Eighteen

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 V3 C3 O

aeolian

 

Black Sabbath

Paranoid

I V1 V2 R V3 S1 V4 V5 O

aeolian

 

Bon Jovi

Livin on a Prayer

I V1 P1 C1 V1 P2 C2 S1 P3 C3 O

aeolian, pentatonic 1-4

 

Bon Jovi

Wanted

I V1 C1 Ie1 V2 C2 Ie2 S1 C3 V3 C4 Ie/O

pentatonic 1-4

 

Cream

Sunshine of Your Love

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 V3 C3

pentatonic 1-4

 

David Bowie

Suffragette City

I V1 V2 C1 V3 C2 S1 C3 C4 O

aeolian no 3

 

Deep Purple

Child in Time

I V1 C1 S1 S2 S3 S4 V1 C2 O

aeolian

 

Deep Purple

Hush

I Ie1 V1 Ie2 C1 Z1 V2 Ie3 C2 Z2 S1 O

pentatonic 4

 

ELO

Don't Bring Me Down

I V1 V2 C1 V3 V4 C2 Ie1 V5 O

pentatonic 1-4

 

Eric Clapton

Let it Grow

V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 S2 V3 C3

aeolian no 2

 

Golden Earring

Radar Love

I Ie1 V1 P1 C1 Ie1 V2 P2 C29 B17 S1 B2 Ie3 V3 C3 O

aeolian no 2

 

G. F. Railroad

We're An American Band

I V1 P1 C1 V2 P2 C2 S1 C3 O

aeolian

 

Guns n Roses

Sweet Child O Mine

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 C3 S2 S3 B6 O

double-plagal

 

Heart

Barracuda

I V1 C1 Z1 V2 C2 Z2 B1 S1 C3 S2 O

aeolian no 5

 

Heart

Crazy on You

I V1 P1 C1 V2 P2 C2 B1 C3 V3 C4 S1 B2 C5

aeolian

 

Iron Maiden

Number of the Beast

I V1 V2 Ie1 V3 C1 V4 C2 S1 S2 Ie3 S3 Ie4 V5 C3 V6 O

aeolian no 2

 

Jimi Hendrix

Voodoo Child

I I2 Sp1 R1 S1 Sp2 R2 S2 O

aeolian

 

JJ Cale

Cocaine

I Sp1 R1 Ie1 Sp2 R2 Ie2 S1 Sp3 R3 O

mixolydian

 

J. C. Mellencamp

ROCK in the USA

I V1 C1 V2 S1 V3 C2 O

double-plagal

 

Kansas

Carry On My Wayward Son

I I2 V1 V2 C1 Z1 V3 V4 C2 Ie1 S1 Ie2 S2 Ie3 P1 C3 Ie4 S3 Ie5 O

aeolian

 

Led Zeppelin

Communication Breakdown

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 C3 O1

double-plagal

 

Led Zeppelin

Immigrant Song

I V1 C1 V2 Ie1 V3 C2 Z1 O

locrian, no b2 or b6

 

Led Zeppelin

Stairway to Heaven

I V1 R1 V2 Ie1 R2 V3 R3 V4 R4 V5 R5 V6 R6 V7 O

aeolian

 

Mountain

Mississippi Queen

I S1 R1 S2 R2 S1 R3 O

pentatonic 1

 

Nirvana

Smells Like Teen Spirit

I V1 P1 C1 Z1 V2 P2 C2 Z2 S1 V3 P3 C3 O

pentatonic 1-4

 

Patti Smith

Because the Night

I V1 P1 C1 V2 P2 C2 S1 B1 P3 C3 O

aeolian

 

Pink Floyd

Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 2

V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 O

dorian

 

Queen

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

I S1 R1 S2 R2 B1 S3 R3 S1 S4 R4 S5 R5 O

pentatonic 1-4

 

REM

The One I Love

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 V3 C3 O

aeolian

 

Romantics

What I Like About You

I V1 C1 V2 C2 B1 S1 V3 C3 O

double-plagal

 

Rush

Jacobs Ladder

I V1 Ie1 S1 S2 S3 Ie2 Ie3 Ie4 Ie5 O

phrygian, no 5

 

Scorpions

No One Like You

I V1 C1 V2 C2 O

aeolian

 

Scorpions

Rock You Like a Hurricane

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 V3 C3 O

pentatonic 4

 

Sex Pistols

I'm Not Your Stepping Stone

I R1 S1 R2 S2 R3 Ie1 R4 S3 R5 O

pentatonic 4 subsets

 

Steppenwolf

Born to be Wild

I V1 P1 V2 P2 C1 S1 V3 P3 C23 O

mixolydian

 

Styx

Renegade

V1 V2 C1 V3 C2 S1 B1 V4 C3 O

dorian

 

Talking Heads

And She Was

I V1 P1 C1 Z1 V2 P2 C2 B V3 P3 C3 O

double-plagal

 

The Beatles

Everybody's Got Something To Hide

I S1 R1 S2 R2 S3 R3 O

pentatonic 1

 

The Beatles

Here Comes the Sun

I C1 V1 C2 V2 C3 B V3 C4 C5 O

pentatonic 1

 

The Beatles

Hey Jude

V1 V2 C1 V3 C2 V4 O

double-plagal

 

The Beatles

Taxman

I Sp1 R1 Sp2 R2 Sp3 R3 S1 R4 Sp3 R5 Sp5 R6 S2

double-plagal

 

The Beatles

With a Little Help From My Friends

I V1 C1 V2 C2 B1 V3 C3 B2 C3

double-plagal

 

The Doors

Break on Through

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 B V3 C3 S2 V4 C4 O

Aeolian

 

The Doors

Love Me Two Times

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 Ie1 V3 C3 V4 C4 O

hexatonic aeolian no 2

 

The Doors

Riders on the Storm

I V1 V2 S1 V3 S2 Ie1 V4 S3 O9

dorian

 

The Kinks

Lola

I St1 Re1 De1 Co1 B St2 De2 Co2 O

double-plagal

 

The Knack

My Sharona

I V1 P1 C1 V2 P2 C2 S1 Ie1 V3 P3 C3 S2 O

pentatonic 4

 

The Moody Blues

Nights in White Satin

I V1 V2 C1 V3 V4 C2 S1 V5 V6 C3 O

phrygian, no 5

 

The Pretenders

Middle of the Road

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 B5 V3 C3 S2 O

pentatonic 1

 

The Rolling Stones

Brown Sugar

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 C3 V3 C4 O

hexatonic aeolian no 2

 

The Rolling Stones

Gimme Shelter

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 B V3 C3 O3

aeolian

The Rolling Stones

Not Fade Away

I Sp1 R1 Sp2 R2 So1 Sp3 R3

double-plagal

 

S. Davis Group

Gimme Some Lovin

I V1 C1 Ie1 V2 C2 Ie2 V3 C3 O

pentatonic 1-4

 

The Who

Love Ain't For Keepin

I V1 C1 V2 C2 S1 C3 O

pentatonic 1-4

 

The Who

See Me, Feel Me

C1 V1 V2 V3

hexatonic aeolian no 2

 

ZZ Top

Sharp Dressed Man

I Sp1 R1 Sp2 R2 S1 Ie1 Sp3 R3 S2 O

double-plagal

© 2018 Nicholas Shea.