You Can Get It If You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff) 1970

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  • You Can Get It If You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff) 1970
    • Structure
      • Verse Chorus form
      • 1-3 Intro
      • 4-13 Chorus
      • 14-25 Verse 1
      • 26-13 Chorus
      • 14-25 Verse 2
      • 26-35 Chorus
      • 36-42 Instrumental
      • 44-53 Chorus
      • 54-57 Outro
    • Tonality
      • Stays in Db major
    • Texture
      • Mainly melody dominated homphony
      • Close harmony vocals - similar to doo wop style of the 50s
      • High trumpet riffs (influence from Cuba & Mexic)
      • Two guitars - one provides rhythmic semiquaver pattern, second guitar provides chordal support
      • Steady on the beat bass - four note riff
    • Harmony
      • Based on two chords I & IV (Db & Gb)
      • V7 used near the ends of verses and refrains
      • Unrelated chord of E used in bar 37; part of whole-tone scale in bar 39
      • Brief chromatic note in the bass part bar 21; chord of C which chromatically lean up to Db in the intro
      • Bass part outlines the root of each chord
    • Instrumental /vocal writing
      • Snare drum played cross stick
      • Fast tambourine pattern notated in bar 5
    • Other
      • You can get it if you really want is an early version of Reggae known as rock steady
      • Artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker and Bob Marley made Jamaican music popular during the late 60's and early 70's
    • Melody
      • Lead vocal opens with a stepwise movement hook from note 3-1
      • Mainly based on Pentatonic scale
      • Mainly syllabic
      • Stays within the range of a 6th, high falsetto bars 25, 43 and 56
    • Rhythm
      • Steady 4/4 beat (different from reggae which is syncopated)
      • Semiquaver movement in guitar 1; otherwise mainly crotchet and quaver note values
      • Occasional triplets in vocal parts

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