©2011 Milton Mermikides Complete Track Analysis1
Complete Track Analysis
©2011 firstname.lastname@example.orgWith the important elements of harmony in place, it’s time to integrate theseaspects into a complete picture of a track
. Here’s a very brief but pertinentchecklist of various musical features that when taken together can helpfurther musical understanding and in turn enhance creativity.These concepts and questions are all worth considering when approaching atrack analysis. In this course we’re looking mainly at the pure harmonicmechanics, rather than lyrical interpretation and song structure, but we mustremember that the impact of a track is multi-faceted, so understanding theseother important elements will give a more nuanced – and more applicable –understanding of popular music harmony.Many of these concepts may be addressed to the score of the track.However it is very important that an analysis is conducted through the
of music. The musical practice is about the listening andcreative process, and although notation is an extremely useful way tocommunicate, consider and conceptualise a track, it is only a tool in order toenhance, and not replace, the musical experience.
Style – Genre(s) - Instrumentation - ProductionTempo – Time Signature - Groove – Rhythmic Subdivision - FeelLyrical content – Impact – Vibe - ’Meaning’Do any of the above change during the course of the track?1 We’ll use the term ‘track’ to denote any relevant composition be it popsong, metal instrumental, jazz standard or folk tune. ‘Piece’ or ‘work’ is a tadpretentious, ‘song’ is an odd term for instrumental music and ‘tune’ is a bitambiguous. So, for convenience, ‘track’ it is. We needn’t get distractedfurther with semantics, or get overly fussy with terms, so that said, let’s justget on with it.