Hooks and Riffs
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Hooks and Riffs

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Pop songs often feature hooks and riffs. In the words of Victor Hugo, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

This Hooks and Riffs quiz is about the technical vocabulary, effects and composition forms.

1.
What is the effect of a repeated riff?
It's a timesaver for lazy composers!
It drags out the piece longer
It quickly becomes familiar to the listener
None of the above
It is often used for purposes of commercial gain
2.
Where are hooks and riffs commonly found?
In baroque concertos
In Gregorian chants
In organ voluntaries
In popular music
3.
What is a hook?
A musical/lyrical phrase that stands out
A return to the beginning of the piece
A type of ostinato
An ornament usually found on the back of doors
4.
Popular songs often feature .......
verse and chorus
riffs
hooks
All of the above
5.
What is a sequence?
A series of quiet and contrasting chord progressions
A group of different time signature changes
An immediate of a motif/melodic passage at a different pitch
None of the above
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
6.
Which best describes a riff?
A repeated accompanying section of music
A quiet section of music
A sudden and loud section of music
None of the above
Usually a repeated chord progression, pattern, refrain or melodic figure, normally played by a band's rhythm section
7.
What are emotional pop love songs often called?
'Screamo' metal tracks
Ballads
Shred improvisations
None of the above
8.
Which commonly feature in standard pop song form?
Chorus
Verse
Instrumental Solo
All of the above
9.
What is a sequencer?
A type of loop pedal used by guitars
A repetitve passage (like an ostinato)
A type of computer program designed to playback notation
None of the above
10.
What best describes 'groove'?
A popular catchphrase in the 1990s
A rhythmic 'feeling' created by a band's rhythm section
A type of music often heard in funerals
A wavy line usually written above notes on a score
Or sometimes described as a sense of 'swing'. Groove is found in a range of genres, e.g. funk, rock, fusion, soul etc.
Author:  Thomas Daish

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