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This is the first textbook on Pop Music to be written after the start of the iPod era. The book is organized in accessible sections which cover the main themes of research and teaching. It examines the key approaches to understanding popular music, the main settings of exchange and consumption, the role of technology in the production of popular music, the main genres of popular music, and the key debates of the present day.Barbazon writes with verve and penetration. Her approach starts with how most people actually consume music today and transfers this onto the plain of study. The organization of the material enables teachers and students to shuffle from one topic to the next. Yet the book provides an unparalleled network to the core library of concepts and issues in the field. As such, it is the perfect study guide for undergraduates located in this exciting and expanding field.

Keyboard Cultures
Keyboard cultures

Keyboards are percussion instruments formed by adjacent keys that convey melody. When a key is pressed on a piano, a small hammer strikes a string. Electronic keyboards involve pressing a key that connects to a circuit. The Western musical scale of 12 notes, differentiated by colour, is the most common structure of a keyboard. These adjacent keys play the notes of the chromatic scale, running left to right. Sharps and flats are black (C Sharp/D Flat, D Sharp/E Flat, F Sharp/G Flat, G Sharp/A Flat, A Sharp/B Flat). The C major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) is white keys. These octave patterns repeat throughout the keyboard, whatever its length. Most pianos have 88 keys, extending to the Bosendorfer 290 ...

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