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    • Soft Rock
      • This often features acoustic guitars and piano
      • often songs of a mid to slow tempo
      • artists such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Bread, Chicago, and Fleetwood Mac
    • Psychedelic Rock
      • The rise of this genre is attributed to the rise of the drug culture in the late 60's and early 70's
      • Often used extra-ordinary sounds
      • Sometimes non-western instruments, such as instruments originating from Indian.
        • This can often be seen in the Beatles music, in particular the album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and the Revolver album
      • In addition, this genre often included long improvised solos.
      • Artists include the likes of The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and The Beatles
    • Progressive Rock
      • This genre often included longs songs lasting up to 25mins long, with complex structures, involving changes of metre and a focus on musicianship and virtuosity.
      • there was often use of orchestral instruments involved.
      • Artists include Pink Floyd, Genesis, ELO and Jethro Tull
    • Heavy Rock
      • This style of Rock music emerged from a riff-based guitar pattern
      • pentatonic scales and blues notes were often used along with aggressive and growling vocals
      • also use of distortion on electric guitar and driving rhythms on the drum kit, combined with power chords using the first and fifth of a chord
      • artists such as Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Deep Purple
    • Glam Rock
      • almost as much of a fashion statement as a subgenre of Rock
      • Performers wore flamboyant costumes and experimented with gender identity
      • Largely popular in the first half of the seventies
      • artists included, David Bowie, T-rex and Roxy music
    • Punk Rock
      • in the mid to late 70's, punk gained its popularity from it's short, fast and aggressive songs, which were often about anti-establishment
      • often use of limited vocal ranges that were sung a spoken style
      • usually guitar, bass and drum combos
      • Artists include, the Sex Pistols, The Damned and the Clash


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