Hard Rock – the Second Era 1967 – 1979
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The second hard rock era was characterized by major changes in the use of rhythm, improvisational approaches, and by a new perception of music bands’ compact sound. This era is represented by such groups and musicians as The Doors (1965), Jimi Hendrix (1966), Janis Joplin (1966), Eric Clapton and Cream (1966 – 1969), Carlos Santana (1966), Led Zeppelin (1968), Deep Purple (1967) and Black Sabbath (1967) along with others.
The rhythmic pattern in this hard rock era not only has the role of basic rhythmic model in the rhythmic section, but it also serves as a melodic and rhythmic motif, called a riff31, which is the basis for the musical and structural development of the composition. Thus the rhythmic pattern and the riff are identical but, in hard rock more advanced forms, the rhythmic pattern and the riff can be different, as for example in “Sunshine of Your Love” by Jack Bruce, Peter Brown and Eric Clapton, (Cream, LP Disraeli Gears, 1968). The motif/riff is played by the bass guitar together with the guitar, while the rhythmic pattern is played by the drums only, even resulting, in some instances, in poly-rhythms. In the post-rock and roll era similar work with the bass guitar pattern was used but it was usually limited to one bar. Sometimes, in the second hard rock era, this pattern could even extend to four bars.
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