Howlin' Wolf - I'm Leavin' You

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Structure.

  • Introduction.
  • Verse 1: 12 bar blues.
  • Verse 2: 'Stop' chorus.
  • Verse 3: 'Stop' chorus.
  • Guitar and harmonica solos.
  • (Dal segno al coda)
  • Verse 2
  • Verse 3 (-2 bars)
  • Coda.
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Melody.

  • Vocables/**** syllables.
  • No big leaps.
  • Stepwise and arpeggios.
  • Blues scale/pentatonic.
  • Starts push rhythm/anacrusis/upbeat.
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Tempo & Tonality.

Tempo/rhythm:

  • Moderate shuffle
  • Swung.
  • Quintuplet in vocals - bar 34.
  • Triplets interacting with swung quavers.

Tonality:

  • G major
    • uses the blues scale
    • G major pentatonic
  • No modulation.
  • I7 and IV9 chords used a lot.
  • Bass always plays the root of the chord.
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Blues scale & Pentatonic.

Blues scale:

  • Particularly noticable in the solos. 
  • Blues notes often playes in close proximity to the natural notes of the scale to emphasise the blues scale.

Pentatonic:

  • Piano chords improvised on the G major pentatonic scale.
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4.

Dynamics:

  • Few markings.
  • Transcribed from live recording.

Devices:

  • Improvisation
  • Bends = pushing the string to bend the note.
  • Hammer ons.

Timbre:

  • Guitar plays down an octave.
  • Voice - rough blues voice.
  • Clean guitar sound.

Articulation:

  • Open to interpretation - lazy improvisation
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Texture & Instrumentation.

Texture:

  • MELODY DOMINATED HOMOPHONY.

Instrumentation:

  • Vocals - melodic.
  • Lead guitar - melodic.
  • Rhythm guitar - chords.
  • Bass guitar - root of the chords.
  • Piano - improvisation on given chords.
  • Drums.
  • Harmonica - melodic.
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Vocal melody.

  • Falling triad - D, Bb, G.
  • Classic blues.
  • Pattern of three 4 bar phrases.
  • Small variations imply this is improvised around the structure.
  • Straight forward and syllabic.
  • Use of "whoo", slides, bends, half spoken words.
    • typical blues.
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Accompaniment.

  • Swing quavers, shuffle rhythm.
  • Simple drum fills at the end of verses.
  • Piano improvisation - starts shuffle but moves to triplets. 
  • Syncopation in bar 2.
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Stop time.

  • Isolated chords on downbeat.
  • Allows solos to cut through.
  • Bar 18 drums play triplets - busier texture.
  • Bars 18-22, lead guitar in a higher register.
  • Bar 31 - cross rhythms.
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