Listen and appraise We will rock you by Queen
Questions to think about:
Do you like the song?
What can you hear?
What is the style of this music?
How is the song put together?
Play the song, find and move to the pulse.
After listening to the song, talk about the song and answer the questions
Discuss the song and what you can hear in it.
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May(guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar, guitars), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world.
Do You Like the Song?
It doesn't matter if you like or don't like a song or a piece of music. Think about the reasons why you do or don't.
What Can You Hear?
How many singers? Male/female? Male, with some backing vocals.
Which instruments? A rock band: electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards.
Which instruments plays the solo? The electric guitar plays a solo.
Is there a hook? Yes: it’s in the chorus: “We will, we will rock you”.
The well-known drum and clapping riff is also a hook, we remember it, in fact we cannot get it out of our heads!
is it thick, thin or inbetween?
Are there many layers of sound, or just one/two?
Are there many voices singing/instruments playing, or just one/two? The texture is thick all the way through the song, all the instruments play throughout the song.
is it fast, slow or inbetween? Inbetween.
The dynamics: is the music loud, quiet or inbetween?
Is it the same throughout or does it vary? As the texture thickens, more instruments come in, the dynamics get louder.
What is the Style of this Music?
1. Is it Pop/Rock/Blues/Gospel/Ballad/R&B/Rap/Soul? A Rock song.