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  • Disco
    • Rhythm, Metre and Tempo
      • 4/4 Metre
      • Steady tempo around 120 bpm
      • Drum pattern with a kick drum rhythm that accents every crotchet beat. Snare drums/hand claps accent the back beats. A steady quaver rhythm on the hi-hat.
    • Melody
      • Regular 4 bar phrases
      • Includes a hook (a catchy motif that is repeated during the song)
    • Structure
      • Verse-and-chorus
      • Introduction
      • Middle eight
      • Fade out
    • Instru-mentation
      • Accompanied by a full, orchestrated sound.
      • Brass or string counter melodies
      • Solo singer
      • Backing singers in the chorus
      • Electric guitar and piano
      • Drum kit (or a drum track programmed with a drum machine)
      • Horn section
      • Live or synthesised string sounds
    • Key Features
      • Date of origin : 1970s
      • Place of origin : New York (USA)
      • Venue : discotheques /nightclubs
      • Famous performers : Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, The BeeGees and The Village People.
      • Dance Steps : Improvised with dancers staying in one spot. Movements focus on the hips, hands and shoulders. Set moves such as the hustle.


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