Jeff Buckley Essay

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Jeff Buckley Essay The song is in a steady 12/8 rhythm with four dotted crotchets in a bar. This is unusual in a rock song because most rock songs are in 4/4. The vocal part has a very free, helped by the occasional use of grace notes and triplets and the constant use of syncopation except at the bridge where the vocal rhythms are static. The bass is also often syncopated, and pairs of quavers sometimes create cross rhythms against the groups of three quavers in other parts. There is a lot of melodic material confined to the vocal solo, which has a wide range stretching up to two octaves. Most phrases have a falling feel that contributes to the melancholy mood of the song and Buckley sometimes slides between the notes. The words “fire” and “love” use melismas and the bridge has vocalisation in it. The melody of the first verse and chorus is repeated with adaptations for different words in the second verse. The song is in E minor but this is unclear until halfway in the first verse. The introduction begins on an unrelated chord of F minor and focuses on chords of D major and the first half of the verse uses a chromatic progression. Chromatic progressions also used in the chorus and there are no conventional cadences in E minor. The harmonic progressions are often chromatic and and decorative non-chord notes appear in all of the parts including the bass. There are dissonant effects in the piece, for example, where the open guitar strings clash with the harmonies, as well as in places where Buckley deliberately pitches a note to clash with the chord under. The synthesiser plays at the start and in various moments in the second verse, particularly to fill the gaps between the vocal phrases. The guitar rhythm has been doubled to thicken the sound and the guitar effects include distortion and in the coda flanging. In the final verse, the lower frequencies of

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