Jazz Compare And Contrast

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Jazz CVolk October 26, 2008 MUS 252 Grand Canyon University Jazz Jazz has its similarities and its differences to music of previous eras. Being able to have an interest in all the different types of music and being able to accept it is something that takes the effort of an individual. However, if one is willing to make the effort they may find an interest in a style of music that they may not have otherwise known that they enjoyed. Jazz is similar to music of previous eras in that it, like previous styles carries a rhythm. This characteristic of jazz rhythm is syncopation, which is accenting offbeats or an unstressed beat. Jazz music catches the attention of the listener by the way the rhythmic elements are put together. This is known as “swing”, and it catches the listener’s attention because it has a beat that you want to tap your foot to. Just like in previous eras where the composer put the composition together and then reviews it or practices it before performing it so do jazz performers. Jazz music also shows or creates emotion in its listeners just as previous eras had. It uses notes and words to create the emotion and it also uses the change in volume to do the same. Even with all the similarities between jazz music and music from previous eras there are some differences.…show more content…
Previous eras did not require this of the composer; they wrote the music and played it as it was written. Jazz music can be played as written, however it adds this type of music when the performer can improvise. Also unlike the modern era of music Jazz music has a steady rhythm. In the modern era the rhythm of music changed throughout the piece. Each era of music has its similarities and it differences and not everyone enjoys every style of

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