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  • KILLER QUEEN
    • instruments
      • high male vocal (tenor)
      • lead and backing vocals
      • 4 electric guitars
      • bass guitar
      • drum kit
      • piano w honky tonk
      • performing techniques
        • guitar techniques
          • sildes
          • bends
          • pull - offs
          • vibrato
        • recording techniques
          • multi-tracking
          • EQ
          • flanger
          • distortion
          • reverb
          • wah-wah
          • panning
          • overdubbing
      • too many parts for it to be performed live (layering)
    • melody
      • text is mainly syllabic
      • backing vocals are a mix of words and vocalisations
      • irregular phrase lengths
      • verse and chorus combine conjunct angular leaps
        • starts mostly conjunct w small leaps of a 3rd or 4th
        • leaps often feature a major 6th
        • sometimes larger intervals such as an octave are used
    • tempo, metre and rhythm
      • moderato tempo
      • in 12/8 w occasional 6/8
      • swung feel
      • every verse and chorus starts w an anacrusis
      • syncopation frequent throughout
      • triplets
    • structure
      • verse - chorus form
      • intro/ verse1/ chorus1/ instrumental/ verse2/ chorus2/ guitar solo x2/ verse3/ chorus3/ outro
    • tonality
      • Eb major
        • Eb (tonic)    Bb(dominant) C minor (relative min)
          • chord sequences are more similar to musicals than rock songs
        • ambiguous but the song ends on a tonic Eb major chord
      • use of pedal
      • use of altered and extended chords eg 7ths
      • circle of 5ths
      • frequent modulations (strengthened bhy use of perfect cadences)
    • texture
      • mainly homophonic
      • chordal for vocals at start and end of chorus
      • use of imitation
      • use of layering
      • use of panning
    • background info
      • genre: pop/rock
      • released in 1974
      • written by Freddie Mercury and sung by Queen
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