Power Trio<br />With no rhythm guitar the band featured a more dynamic rhythm section:<br />John Entwhistle avoids the sta...
Marshall Amps<br />Guitarist Pete Townsend was the first British guitarist to not use Vox AC30 amps<br />Exploiting the po...
Blues<br />The Who started as The High Numbers an RnB band.  I’m the Face their only single was a typical blues.<br />Town...
Structure<br />2 bar stop/start rhythm structure<br />Bass riff G>F<br />Transposes to the key of A then B<br />Climaxes o...
Bass<br />Entwhistle introduces the idea of a bass solo to rock music:<br />A sophisticated rising & falling blues solo pl...
Drums<br />Tightly tuned jazz toned kit.<br />Brief intense triplet rolls add to dynamics 0.04  0.24  0.30 1.12  1.31 1.40...
Guitar<br />Townsend plays chiming suspended chords over the descending bass riff<br />He plays call & response blues phra...
Instrumental version<br />www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqHWyLg6kPM<br />
Vocals<br />Roger Daltrey sings with ‘attitude’.                                        An angry sneer.  ‘punk’ vocal.<br ...
Wider listening<br />The Ox				     The Who ‘65        I Can See for Miles            The Who ’66<br />	Won’t Get Fooled A...
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  2. 2. Power Trio<br />With no rhythm guitar the band featured a more dynamic rhythm section:<br />John Entwhistle avoids the standard 1+3 accents of 60’s bass by alternating between pounding bass ‘pedal’ effects and dynamic blues riffs.<br /> Keith Moon seldom played a simple backbeat rhythm <br />Regular snare rolls and dynamic tom crescendo were a trademark of his style. <br />Moon favoured ride cymbals and double kick drum rather than hi-hat.<br />
  3. 3. Marshall Amps<br />Guitarist Pete Townsend was the first British guitarist to not use Vox AC30 amps<br />Exploiting the power of new Marshall amps he developed a style featuring sustained power chords.<br />Combined with semi-acoustic Rickenbacker guitars he was able to creatively explore feedback.<br />
  4. 4. Blues<br />The Who started as The High Numbers an RnB band. I’m the Face their only single was a typical blues.<br />Townsend recorded a demo of My Generation as a Chicago blues.<br />The vocal melody is a simple descending blues scale: A G E D C<br />
  5. 5. Structure<br />2 bar stop/start rhythm structure<br />Bass riff G>F<br />Transposes to the key of A then B<br />Climaxes on a coda in D<br />Backing vocals harmonise parallel 3rds:<br /> D D E E F F E D<br /> B B C C D D C B<br />“talkin bout my gen-er-a-tion”<br />
  6. 6. Bass<br />Entwhistle introduces the idea of a bass solo to rock music:<br />A sophisticated rising & falling blues solo played on Danelectro bass<br />In the coda he plays a freestyle walking part in D over the drone D of the guitar<br />
  7. 7. Drums<br />Tightly tuned jazz toned kit.<br />Brief intense triplet rolls add to dynamics 0.04 0.24 0.30 1.12 1.31 1.40<br />Snare cracks on 8th beat of stop sections<br />Coda: Moon plays almost a minute of non-stop triplet roles around the kit<br />www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB2QjFNnVpU<br />
  8. 8. Guitar<br />Townsend plays chiming suspended chords over the descending bass riff<br />He plays call & response blues phrases in the bass solo<br />He distorts the tone of the guitar in the coda with staccato pick up selector changes<br />High pitched feedback in coda broke rules of record engineering.<br />
  9. 9. Instrumental version<br />www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqHWyLg6kPM<br />
  10. 10. Vocals<br />Roger Daltrey sings with ‘attitude’. An angry sneer. ‘punk’ vocal.<br />The rising keys keep pushing vocal to almost breaking point (a high D in last verse!)<br />Deliberate stuttering to suggest angry inarticulation.<br />“Why don’t you all just ffff…fade away”<br />
  11. 11. Wider listening<br />The Ox The Who ‘65 I Can See for Miles The Who ’66<br /> Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who ‘72<br /> You Really Got Me The Kinks ‘64<br /> Own Up Time Small Faces ’65<br /> Fire Jimi Hendrix ‘66<br />

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