KS3 Music Quiz
Hooks and Riffs 01
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Hooks and Riffs 01

Hooks and riffs are parts of popular music looked at in KS3. This Hooks and Riffs quiz is about the technical vocabulary, effects and composition forms featured in Unit 10 of the KS3 Curriculum on music.

Pop songs often feature hooks and riffs. A hook is a musical phrase that stands out and is easily remembered. Hooks are often repetitive and they usually grab our attention. They are often said to be what makes a song popular with listeners.

A riff is a series of notes, a chord pattern or a musical phrase that is repeated. Riffs may form the introduction to a song and are often repeated throughout. Guitar riffs are the most famous type and they're common in pop music, rock music, rhythm and blues, and jazz. 

In the words of Victor Hugo, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." So, express yourself in this music quiz!

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  1. What is a hook?
    Hooks are so named because they 'hook' the listeners attention
  2. What is a sequence?
    These are extremely common in a lot of different types of music - try and get used to listening out for them when hearing a new piece for the first time
  3. Which commonly feature in standard pop song form?
    There are several features common to most pop songs
  4. Which best describes a riff?
    Usually a repeated chord progression, pattern, refrain or melodic figure, normally played by a band's rhythm section
  5. What are emotional pop love songs often called?
    Ballads have their origin in story-telling songs of the Middle Ages
  6. What is the effect of a repeated riff?
    It is often used for purposes of commercial gain
  7. Where are hooks and riffs commonly found?
    They are standard parts of commercially popular songs
  8. What is a sequencer?
    You may think that sequencers are quite modern but they've been around for a long time. Pianolas (self-playing pianos) are in essence sequencers. They were invented in the 1800s
  9. What best describes 'groove'?
    Or sometimes described as a sense of 'swing'. Groove is found in a range of genres, e.g. funk, rock, fusion, soul etc.
  10. Popular songs often feature .......
    Listen to any piece of pop music and you'll probably notice all three

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