I'm Leavin' You

A mindmap covering the main features of Howlin' Wolf's "I'm Leavin' You". Particularly useful revision for the extended questions. Please feel free to ask questions/suggest improvements :)

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  • Created by: Nora
  • Created on: 03-02-13 15:28
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  • I'm Leavin' You
    • Performing Forces
      • Voice gas a raw quality
      • Vocal line mainly within middle range (overall a minor 10th)
      • Mainly syllabic
      • Slides/Bends and half spoken inflections
      • Wordless vocalising
      • Harmonica used in guitar solo
      • Rhythm guitar plays a shuffle riff
      • Lead guitar opens with a Blues introductory figure
        • Dialogue with voice in monophonic 'licks'
        • Double-stopped thirds
        • Slides and bends
      • Piano 'comps'
      • Bass guitar plays root in swung quavers
      • Drums play a shuffle rhythm accenting beats 2 and 4
    • Texture
      • Mostly homophonic in verses
      • Chordal accompaniment
      • Dialogue between Voice and Lead Guitar
      • 'Stop' time textures (first three bars of verses 2, 3, 5 and 6)
        • Chord on first beat and a triplet fill on the fourth
    • Structure
      • 6 choruses
      • 12 bar blues
      • Introduction and 'repeat and fade' coda
      • Verse 4: guitar solo
    • Tonality
      • No modulations
      • G major
      • Modal inflections in the 'blue' notes
    • Harmony
      • Decorated by improvised 7ths and 9ths
      • Dominant prepares ear for return to tonic
      • 7ths do not have a cadential function
      • Standard 12 bar blues in G
        • Bar 9: D7
          • Bars 7-8: G7
            • Bars 5-6: C9
              • Bars 1-4: G7
          • Bar 10: C9
            • Bar 11: G7
              • Bar 12: Db-D9
    • Melody
      • Guitar lines are more complex using the blues scale
      • Pentatonic shapes
      • Dialogue between vocal and lead guitar
      • Frequent 'blue' notes
      • Slides and pitch bends in guitar and vocal
      • 1 bar vocal phrases (many begin on D and work downwards)
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • Semiquaver grouping ends with scotch snap
      • Triplets
      • Snare drum 'backbeats' on beats 2 and 4
      • 4/4 time with  'shuffle' rhythm
      • Syncopation

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