Changes in Musical Styles Related to Changes in Human Society

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Changes in Musical Styles Related to Changes in Human Society Introduction While music's origins are lost in the mists of time, the origins of many of the popular music styles that have evolved over the centuries are more easily traced. To this end, this paper provides a review of the relevant peer-reviewed and scholarly literature concerning the manner in which music styles were affected by the introduction of the electronic age in general and the introduction of the electric guitar in particular, and how the electric guitar transformed the music styles of the 1960s and 1970s. A summary of the research and important findings concerning these issues are provided in the conclusion. Review and Discussion A wide range of events can influence the types of music that are popular during a given period in human history. For instance, Jarque (2012) notes that, "Social and economic factors can influence the type of music by defining who plays it and who pays for it. Baroque music results from professional players playing to an educated elite. Folk music is non-professionals playing to their peers" (para. 3). Likewise, innovations in technology can have a major effect on the development of new musical styles and instruments, some of which were existing instruments such as violins and guitars that were electrified for the first time. For instance, Jarque adds that, "The electronic age gave us even greater volume and created a path for the age of recording. The electric guitar and
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